A trip to the dental aisle at your local grocery store or pharmacy can be a bit dizzying because of the variety of products offered nowadays.

The best rule of thumb for toothpastes is to select any toothpaste that has the ADA seal of Approval on the back of the box. Keep in mind that most major brand toothpastes are acceptable (Crest and Colgate), and sometimes they may lack the ADA seal of approval because the newer formulations have yet to pass their approval process. For example, their “whitening” version may still be under study by the ADA to verify that it meets their claims on the box. But aside from the “extra” benefits these major brands may be marketing on the box, it is assumed that the toothpaste performs all the claims promoted by their basic formulation that already has the ADA seal.

For toothbrushes, it is important to find a head size that fits your mouth and always select the “soft” or “extra soft” bristles. For most adults a size 35 is sufficient. Remember it’s better to get a brush that’s a little bit smaller rather than one that is a bit larger so you can reach the back teeth comfortably. The “soft” bristles will prevent unnecessary erosion of your enamel from brushing. Remember, brushing longer is always better than brushing harder.

For help selecting between the different brands with the ADA stamp feel free to contact us via live chat on our website at http://www.thesugarlanddentist.com/ or feel to call us at 281-240-5559.

Dental Topics: Prevention Through Education
The field of dentistry has benefitted greatly from the advancements in materials and technologies to help promote good oral health. Yet as a dentist myself, I've seen that my profession has embraced these new technologies at the risk of spending less time promoting "prevention through education." The truth is the healthiest mouths are not the mouths of the wealthiest people, but rather the mouths of educated people. This blog is my effort to educate the public and promote good oral health.