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With all of the oral hygiene products sold these days it can sometimes be hard to choose which products are right for you and your family. Sometimes inflated marketing claims make it hard to spot the difference between a truly effective oral hygiene product, and one that is only intended for cosmetic use.

Most cosmetic oral hygiene products use active ingredients that are mostly designed to freshen your breath, rather than provide effective oral hygiene purposes.

American Dental Association instituted their Seal of Acceptance program in 1931 to help consumers identify the most effective oral hygiene products available to consumers. In the years since it has become the standard of quality for participating manufacturers.

Participation in the program is voluntary. When a manufacturer launches a new oral hygiene product they can submit it to the ADA for testing and research. The ADA tests the active ingredients for safety and its effectiveness as part of an oral hygiene routine. If the product meets the rigorous guidelines, it will receive certification for the Seal of Acceptance to be printed on the label.

The ADA provides an index of all oral hygiene products that have earned the seal on their website.

If you have any questions about the safety and effectiveness of the oral hygiene products your family uses, please feel free to call Art & Science Family Dentistry at 651-739-1894 to schedule an appointment.