In my last dental blog post I spoke about the importance of the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This Seal helps patients make informed decisions about choosing safe and effective consumer dental products. In order to facilitate this process, the ADA has launched a new website www.ada.org/seal. The website gives detailed information on all ADA Accepted products and it compares product attributes. The website includes product information sheets as well as comparison pages that can be printed out for reference.
The ADA Seal program dates to 1931 when the first product was awarded its Seal. In that year the ADA adopted guidelines that would enable it to evaluate dental products for safety and effectiveness.
While participation by oral care companies is voluntary, more than 300 dental products including toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwashes and dental floss carry the Seal today. Dental professionals hold the Seal in high regard. So visit this new website and compare oral products to be sure that you know what you are buying.