Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Trust the ADA and its Official Seal When Choosing Dental Products




Dr. Benjamin Coon, D.D.S.
Dental professionals and consumers have recognized the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance as an important symbol of a dental product's safety and effectiveness for more than 125 years. The ADA Seal of Acceptance program began in 1930. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan gave the Association a certificate of commendation for the outstanding self-regulatory efforts of its Seal program.

Americans recognize the ADA Seal of Acceptance as the gold standard when it comes to evaluating the safety and efficacy of dental products. Look for the Seal when buying toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash and even chewing gum. Other products include denture products, cosmetic whitening bleaches and water filters that don't remove fluoride.

Products eligible to apply for the ADA Seal are those that have been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for market directly to consumers, regardless of whether the company elects to market the products over-the-counter or exclusively through oral health care professionals. The Council on Scientific Affairs evaluates consumer dental products and their elements such as therapeutic agents, drugs, chemicals, materials, instruments, and equipment that are employed in the treatment or prevention of dental disease. 

The ADA Seal database has over 300 consumer products that have passed their rigorous screening process and received the Seal of Acceptance. For a full shopping list of consumer products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance go to adaseal@ada.org.

Dr. Benjamin Coon, D.D.S.
Glenwood Meadows Dental
40 Market Street, Suite A
Glenwood Springs, CO  81601
970-947-1717

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