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What are some over-the-counter oral hygiene products?

There are so many oral care products on the store shelves, how do you decide what’s best for you and your family … favorite brand, lowest price, great flavor, safe and effective. The ADA Seal of Acceptance is designed to help consumers make informed decisions about safe and effective consumer products. When you see the ADA Seal on a package, you can be sure the product inside has been thoroughly evaluated to be safe and effective. You may take it for granted that’s true of all products, but to obtain the ADA Seal companies are frequently asked to meet higher standards than what is required by law. Rest assured, products with the Seal have gone the extra mile to prove they do what they say.

The oral hygiene section at your local pharmacy or supermarket includes these essential oral care products:
  • Toothbrushes. Replace yours every three to four months, or when the bristles become frayed.
  • Toothpaste. Use a product that contains fluoride, which fights tooth decay.
  • Dental floss. Use waxed, unwaxed, mint-flavored -- any variety will do, as long as you use it daily.
In addition, there are many other available over-the-counter oral hygiene products, including mouth rinses, fluoride supplements, and tooth whiteners. These products have advantages and disadvantages. For your teeth's sake, talk to your dentist about all oral hygiene products you use.

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