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According to the American Dental Association, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day are important steps to preventing cavities, gum disease and other oral health problems.

You should spend two minutes brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and that has been approved by the ADA,

If you have a specific need, there are specially-formulated brands of toothpaste available in stores. Whitening toothpastes typically use a mild concentration of hydrogen peroxide to help remove surface stains from your teeth. However, the toothpaste will not remove moderate and deep stains.

There are some brands of toothpaste that have been formulated to mitigate tooth sensitivity. They often provide short term relief from discomfort, but you should still make an appointment to see your dentist if you suffer from sensitive teeth. There may be another problem that needs to be addressed

When you are shopping for toothpaste, look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo on the package indicates that the active ingredients are safe and effective.

If you live in the The Woodlands, Texas, area, and you have an oral health problem, you can always call 281-363-3308 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Scott and the staff at Sterling Ridge Dental Center.