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Oral Health Topics

Toothpastes

Key Points

  • All toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance contain fluoride.
  • In addition to fluoride, toothpastes may contain active ingredients to help improve tooth sensitivity, whiten teeth, or reduce gingivitis or tartar build-up.
  • Toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance do not contain any flavoring agent that causes or contributes to tooth decay (e.g., sugar).
  • A product earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance by providing scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety and efficacy, which the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates according to objective requirements.

  • Introduction
  • Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA)
  • Earning the ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • References
  • ADA Resources
Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
Topic last updated: April 13, 2017


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