The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Most brands that have earned the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance also include a mild abrasive component to help remove food particles, residual sugar, and plaque buildup from the faces of your teeth.
Ideally, you want to focus on brushing each tooth in a small circular motion. This should take you roughly two to three minutes to completely clean both sets of teeth.
If you have a specific dental care issue, you might want to consider using a toothpaste that has been specially formulated with additional ingredients.
Whitening toothpaste is relatively popular with people who are struggling with minor dental stains. Most ADA approved brands use a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide to help remove surface stains from the teeth in your smile. If you have more significant dental stains on your teeth, you will need professional measures provided by a dentist like Dr. James Hillstrom.
Some types of toothpaste have also been specially formulated to mitigate tooth sensitivity symptoms. They often use potassium nitrate provide short-term relief from discomfort. This might also mask a more serious problem with the health of your teeth.
If you live in the Plano, Texas, area, and you have a question about the type of toothpaste you should be using you can always call 972.535.6647 to speak with one of the oral care specialists at North Texas Dental Associates.