Parkcrest Dental Group encourages all of our patients to use proper oral hygiene products to help maintain beautiful smiles. When we recommend products for you to use, we lean on the American Dental Association for guidance. The organization lists many products, available over the counter, that can help you have better oral hygiene when used as directed.
Today’s blog from Parkcrest Dental Group talks about how oral hygiene products earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
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Testing & Monitoring
What makes the ADA Seal of Acceptance robust is the testing and monitoring protocols. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, created in 1930, mandates that all manufacturers must submit their products for testing at any time as authorized by the council. Members of the council may also visit a company’s facilities to inspect them upon request.
Manufacturers must also continually test their oral hygiene products to determine continued compliance with American National Standard Institute/American Dental Association specifications. Companies must make these testing records available to the ADA upon request for any batch of an accepted product.
Evidence & Review of Safety & Efficacy
Every company complying with the ADA Seal of Acceptance must submit evidence of safety and efficacy, including ingredients and physical properties, of oral hygiene products using objective, third-party clinical testing. Companies must also report post-marketing surveillance to catch problems such as adverse reactions and broken products. If any clinical studies update previous evidence of a product’s usage, manufacturers must submit those to the ADA for review. The council may request this information at any time, as needed.
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Follow All Laws and Regulations
Each oral hygiene product that earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance must follow all federal regulations for labeling, listing ingredients, and marketing of products.
One thing to note is that the ADA can revoke its seal of acceptance for a product at some point in the future if the manufacturer doesn’t comply with the organization’s standards. Companies must also periodically renew their efforts to keep the seal on their products.
Oral Hygiene Tips by Parkcrest Dental Group
We provide our patients with the best dental care, and that includes giving you and your family oral hygiene tips. Contact Parkcrest Dental Group online or call (417) 887-1220 for more information or to make an appointment.