How Does a Dental Product Qualify for the ADA?

The ADA (or American Dental Association) has been around for 125 years, making sure dental products are safe and effective for the public to use in its quest to advance oral health. Advertising can be misleading, and for as long as products have been around, sales pitches have been exaggerating claims.

The ADA has set standards for evaluating dental products, and they are not paid for their endorsements, so the consumer can trust that the seal truly represents the safety and effectiveness of the product. Today, over 300 dental products proudly carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance, including toothbrushes, mouthwashes, dental floss, and toothpaste.

How does the ADA determine who qualifies for the Seal? What are the requirements?

1) The company applying for the Seal must provide a list of ingredients and other important information about the product to be reviewed and approved.

2) The company must provide data from clinical or laboratory studies that back up the claims for product safety, its effectiveness, and any claims the company will make to promote the product.

3) The company must conduct clinical trials that are in strict compliance with the guidelines and procedures provided by the ADA.

4) The company has to show evidence of proper supervision of the manufacturing and laboratory space used to provide purity and uniformity of the product. It must also show that said product is manufactured in compliance with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).

5) The company must provide all product packaging and labeling for the ADA to review and approve. They must also comply with ADA standards for accuracy and truthfulness in advertising.

Once the product receives the Seal, it must also provide a Seal Statement on the product label and on any advertising. The Seal Statement lets the consumer know why the product was accepted by the ADA.

For example, this ADA Seal Statement is found on the Save-A-Tooth product, an emergency tooth preserving system:

“The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs’ Acceptance of Save-A-Tooth is based on its finding that the solution in Save-A-Tooth has been shown to increase the survival rate of a knocked-out-tooth, when used as directed. Although data show that the solution is effective up to 24 hours, the survival rate is highest if the knocked-out-tooth is implanted by a dentist within one hour.”

Once a product earns the Seal of Acceptance, it gets to keep the label for five years. To continue using the Seal it must reapply and re-qualify all over again. Truly, the Seal is the standard bearer of advertising accuracy as well as the safety and effectiveness of a product!

Please give Gill Family Dentistry a call if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your next dental visit. We can be reached at (209) 549-1721.

Your Perfect Mouthwash

Taking care of your teeth and gums is not really that hard to do. Diligently brushing and flossing twice a day, along with bi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups can go a long way in ensuring that your smile is healthy for years to come. But adding a good mouthwash to your daily mix can help support your oral health even more.

If you are buying a mouthwash off your grocer’s shelves, look for one sporting the American can Dental Association seal of acceptance on the label. If it has the seal you will know that this product has been rigorously tested and found to be safe and effective.

Depending on the type of mouthwash you choose, you can experience the following:

Protection. Fluoride mouthwash will keep cavities and periodontal disease away by strengthening tooth enamel and preventing dental decay.

Desensitization. Arginine in mouthwash helps in sealing the dentinal tubules in sensitive teeth. This will help relieve pain for teeth that hurt when exposed to hot or cold temperature in food and drinks, and sometimes even when breathing in cold air.

Better Breath. Antimicrobial mouthwashes help remove bits of food particles and kills bacteria that makes one’s breath smell bad.

Germ fighting. Chlorhexidine glucose in mouthwash kills germs that hurt teeth and gums and stops bacterial growth. Sticky bacterial film forms into plaque which coats teeth and gums and hardens fairly quickly into tartar if not removed. Once plaque hardens into tartar it can cause gingivitis which requires removal using special tools by your dentist.

Soothing Action. Salt mixed in water can be used as mouthwash and helps to soothe inflammation and mucus membranes. Canker sores and other oral infections benefit from salt-water rinses. Salt water works by changing the pH of the mouth, which can deter the production of microorganisms, though it doesn’t kill them outright.

For more information about how finding the best mouthwash for your needs, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, reach out to our staff at Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721 and we will be happy to help!