We are fortunate in the United States to have so many choices when it comes to shopping for products to take care of our oral health. But along with those choices, it can be frustrating deciding which products really work, based on the claims made on the packaging. Whether its dental floss, a toothbrush, or mouthwash we need, how can we know what actually works without trial and error and potentially wasting good money in the process?
Thankfully, we have the ADA (American Dental Association) to help us out. The ADA helps consumers like us to know which oral health products actually do what they claim to do. They have done the research and given over 300 dental products their Seal of Acceptance, which means the product has been rigorously tested and found to be safe and effective for buyers. You can find this seal on everything from toothpaste to denture products, and even chewing gum.
But what do you know about the ADA itself? How reliable is this source? The ADA is a patient-centered, science-based and ethically-driven association that has done extensive research on any product carrying its Seal of Acceptance. The ADA even has a code of ethics for the dentists who belong to the association, that they: 1) promise to do no harm, 2) always do good and 3) to treat patients fairly and honestly. The ADA even sets the standard for how dental products and technologies should be defined, how they should perform, and how these products and technologies should work together.
The ADA actually develops the standard for dental products in the United States, and participates in international standards development as well. ADA standards are so high that companies carrying the seal are frequently asked to meet standards that are even higher than what the law actually requires. The ADA scientifically evaluates the products submitted to ensure that the product is proven safe to use and effective as well, so you can know with certainty if a product can do what it claims on the packaging. Another important factor in relying on the ADA’s recommendations is knowing that they receive no payment for their endorsements.
So the next time you need to find a dental product that can help you maintain your oral health, browse that dental aisle with confidence wherever you find the ADA Seal of Acceptance! And if you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule your next dental visit, please call our Smiles Dental team at 360.339.7499 today.