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When looking for toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and more, you may have noticed the ADA Seal of Acceptance stamp on most of the products you buy. Since 1931, dentists and consumers recognize the importance of ensuring safe products are made available. At Summer Enlow, DDS PC, we encourage you to look for this seal, since it means strict manufacturing regulations are met, ensuring an effective and safe clean. The seal also determines if the correct amount of fluoride in the toothpaste is suitable for children and adults.


You may discover products that don’t have this seal of acceptance labeled on them, which doesn’t necessarily mean they are bad to use, only that they don’t have the guarantee of a safe and effective clean. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance with these products:


  • Chewing gum
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Tongue Scrapers
  • Other oral rinses
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Denture Cleaners, and more


Not every submitted dental product will earn the seal; it must include clinical and/or laboratory data and studies that demonstrate efficacy and safety, according to product category requirements. It was developed by the American Dental Association Council of Scientific Affairs. If the products qualify, the ADA seal is awarded for five years. After, the company must submit an updated safety and chemical data to get qualified again. The way the products are evaluated depends on consultants in the area of expertise, which represents all fields of relevant dental products.


For more information about the ADA Seal of Acceptance, you can consult with Dr. Summer Enlow, our well-educated dentist. We are dedicated to ensuring you not only have the best oral hygiene but the safest we can provide and recommend. Call us today at 936-564-9730, and allow us to help you obtain the best available oral health in Nacogdoches, Texas.