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The primary function of toothpaste is to aid your toothbrush in removing plaque and food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. While many brands of toothpaste will include mild abrasive components, there are other ingredients to consider. Some toothpaste manufacturers include special additives to also address special oral care needs.

If you’re shopping for a new brand of toothpaste in Boise, Idaho, your dentist, Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith, offers these insights.

First, you should only consider a paste that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the toothpaste has been researched and tested to meet stringent guidelines for safety and effectiveness in an oral hygiene routine.

Abrasive toothpaste is very popular because it helps remove plaque and residual food particles from the faces of your teeth. A brand with added fluoride also helps strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.

Nonabrasive toothpastes and denture polish are called for to clean dentures. Some nonabrasive toothpastes are also formulated to help mitigate symptoms associated with chronic dry mouth. Nonabrasive toothpaste might also be called for to help freshen and maintain a mouth piece. This includes things like a mouthguard, night guard or snore guard.

Many people struggling to improve a dull or stained smile will try brushing their teeth with a whitening toothpaste. While it can remove minor surface stains, the hydrogen peroxide whitening agents in the paste will not be potent enough to remove moderate and deep stains on teeth. If your teeth need more potent whitening, you will need to have your dentist administer a dental bleaching treatment.

If you are shopping for a new brand of toothpaste and you have a question, you can always call 208-343-4986 to speak to a member of our Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD staff.