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Oral Health Topics

Toothpastes

Key Points

  • All toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance must contain fluoride.
  • In addition to fluoride, toothpastes may contain active ingredients to help in ways such as lessening tooth sensitivity, whitening teeth, reducing gingivitis or tartar build-up, or preventing enamel erosion or bad breath.
  • Flavoring agents that cause or contribute to tooth decay (e.g., sugar) may not be contained in any ADA-Accepted toothpaste.
  • 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.
  • FDA Monograph
  • Ingredients
  • Allergens and Irritants
  • Toothpaste and Children
  • 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: August 7, 2018


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