Effective and consistent oral hygiene practices are very important for maintaining a healthy mouth. Failing to brush your teeth twice each day or regularly forgetting to floss between your teeth and along the gumline at least once each day can increase your chances of suffering from cavities and gum disease.
You should also keep in mind that the quality of your oral hygiene products can also impact the overall effectiveness of your oral hygiene practices. Some oral hygiene product manufacturers employ exorbitant marketing messages to encourage consumers to purchase products that have little more than cosmetic value.
To answer this concern, the American Dental Association sponsors their Seal of Acceptance program. Since its creation in 1931, the program has gone on to become the benchmark for identifying high-quality oral hygiene products.
For an oral hygiene product to earn the ADA’s Seal, the manufacturer must voluntarily submit an advance of launch. The ADA’s laboratories will then then test and research the active ingredients for safety and effectiveness. Should the product meet the ADA’s rigorous guidelines, it will earn the right to print the ADA’s logo on the packaging.
The ADA’s website also maintains a comprehensive index to further help you research quality oral hygiene products from the comfort of your own home.
If you live in the Coos Bay, Oregon, area, and if you need help identifying quality oral care products for your family, you can always call 541-269-5353 to speak with a dentist like Dr. Keith Huff, or with a staff member at South Coast Family Dentistry.