Your own dental checkups are important, but did you know that many dental products also get their own in-depth checkups? Caring for your teeth at home between visits is essential, and finding the right products is easier than you might think. Just look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. When you see the Seal, it means a product has been scientifically evaluated to be safe and effective.
The ADA Seal means a dental product has been backed by science. The ADA Seal only appears on products after a company provides scientific proof that the product does what it says it will do – safely and effectively. In some cases, ADA standards even go beyond federal laws and regulations. Once the product is accepted by a team of independent dental experts, each product receives a special label that explains exactly how it will help keep your mouth healthy.
More than 200 products have been awarded the ADA Seal – and these products go beyond the bathroom. In addition to toothbrushes and toothpaste, the Seal can be found on chewing gum, water filters and athletic mouthguards.
Ask your dentist for a recommendation or keep your eyes peeled for the Seal wherever dental products are sold. Get a head start on your shopping by searching the ADA Seal database to find products that can improve and protect your smile.
What’s turning 75 and is considered one of the top 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century? Water fluoridation, that’s what! Fluoride was first added to community tap water in the 1950’s and ever since, studies have proven that drinking fluoridated water prevents at least 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults. Here’s why we’re raising a glass on this diamond anniversary:
Chocolates, caramels, gummies---oh my! Snacking on sweets can be irresistible, especially if there are extras lying around after a celebration. It’s hard to resist temptation, but remember these tips when reaching for treats. Your teeth will thank you!
Try to only eat sugary foods with meals or shortly after. Saliva production increases during meals helping rinse away leftover food that feed acid-producing bacteria, which can damage teeth.
Drinking fluoridated water helps prevent tooth decay and sweeps away some bits of sugary leftovers caught in and around your teeth and gums.
Avoid sticky snacks like gummies, taffy or hard candies to lower your risk of tooth decay. Stickier sweets stay on the teeth longer and are more difficult to be washed away by saliva or water. They may also break teeth and damage dental work if you crunch into the harder candies.
Starchy foods like chips or crackers break down into sugar and can get trapped in the grooves of your teeth.
Chocolate is a better choice when reaching for something sweet because washes away easier than other candy. To make your treat even more tooth friendly, try dark chocolate---it generally contains less sugar than milk chocolate.
Instead of a sugary snack, try chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals. This helps wash away leftover food and reduce tooth decay by increasing saliva flow. Find a pack with the ADA Seal of Acceptance!
Maintaining your dental hygiene routine is especially important after a sugar fix. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with ADA-Accepted fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth daily.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) trends that claim a few simple steps will lead to a dramatic impact may work well for some home improvement dreams, but what about DIY when it comes to your dental health?
Permanent teeth can never grow back which is why it is especially important to be aware of potential harms before doing things to your teeth. Before you take your dental health into your own hands based on the promises and ease of any DIY treatments, it’s critical to talk to the expert – your ADA dentist. Knowing the risks and benefits is important.
Prepare for your office visit by researching the DIY treatment you’re considering, and come with questions to make sure you are getting the right treatment for your smile.
"Talk to your dentist. We're always here for you and open to discussing what you may have seen in the news or on social media," says ADA dentist Dr. Ruchi Sahota. "Let us know what you are thinking so we can think it through with you!"
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