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Brushing your twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste is an effective way to remove residual food particles and plaque from the surfaces of teeth. Along with flossing each evening, this is an important aspect of maintaining good oral health on a daily basis. At the same time, some brands of toothpaste can be formulated with special additives to address a specific dental issue.

With that in mind, your dentist, Dr. Iqbal Sayed, offers these basic insights to help you when shopping for a new toothpaste in Patchogue, New York.

Of foremost importance, you should only consider a brand of toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This signifies that the toothpaste has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene routine.

A toothpaste with mild abrasive additives helps remove plaque and residual food particles from the faces of your teeth. A brand with added fluoride can also help strengthen tooth enamel to prevent tooth decay.

Nonabrasive toothpastes, such as denture polish, are called for to clean other dental work and oral appliances like dentures. You might want to consider keeping nonabrasive toothpaste on hand if you need to maintain a mouthguard, night guard or snore guard.

There are some brands of nonabrasive toothpastes that are formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth.

Brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste can help maintain your white smile between dental cleanings. Most brands are formulated with a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide. It’s important to note that the concentration of whitening agents will not be strong enough to improve moderate or deep stains on teeth.

If you need help shopping for a new brand of toothpaste, you can always call 631-758-6689 to speak to someone at Patchogue Dental Service PC.