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How does toothpaste formulation affect my dental health?

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Most toothpastes will clear away bacteria growth and acids from food and drinks. Toothpastes with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance always have fluoride, which strengthens and protects teeth. If you want a non-fluoride option, stores carry toothpastes and powders made with natural ingredients that don't have ADA testing and approval.

If cold or hot food or drinks make you cringe, pick a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and let your dentist know.

From: FAQ About Dental Health WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Toothbrushes," "Floss/Interdental Cleaners," "Mouthwash (Mouthrinse)," "Fluoride: Topical and Systemic Supplements," Dental Sealants," "Statement on the Safety and Effectiveness of Tooth Whitening Products."

Mouth Healthy: "Top Ten Dental Symptoms," "6 Habits That Harm Your Teeth (And How to Break Them)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Dental Check-Up," "Dental X-rays," Dental Bonding," "Could You Be Ruining Your Teeth With These 5 Bad Habits?"

KnowYourTeeth: "Children's Dental Visits: Parents, Prepare Yourselves."

Campaign for Dental Health: "Is Fluoride Safe?"

CDC: "Children's Oral Health," "Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities."

Mayo Clinic: "Cavities/tooth decay."

Journal of the American Dental Association : "When a filling needs to be replaced."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Toothbrushes," "Floss/Interdental Cleaners," "Mouthwash (Mouthrinse)," "Fluoride: Topical and Systemic Supplements," Dental Sealants," "Statement on the Safety and Effectiveness of Tooth Whitening Products."

Mouth Healthy: "Top Ten Dental Symptoms," "6 Habits That Harm Your Teeth (And How to Break Them)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Dental Check-Up," "Dental X-rays," Dental Bonding," "Could You Be Ruining Your Teeth With These 5 Bad Habits?"

KnowYourTeeth: "Children's Dental Visits: Parents, Prepare Yourselves."

Campaign for Dental Health: "Is Fluoride Safe?"

CDC: "Children's Oral Health," "Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities."

Mayo Clinic: "Cavities/tooth decay."

Journal of the American Dental Association : "When a filling needs to be replaced."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 14, 2018

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