The American Dental Association and You

Walk up and down the dental aisle at your favorite grocery store, and you will see row upon row of products to choose from. It can get overwhelming, as you may not know who to trust. Truth in advertising is not always truthful and claims can be unsubstantiated. So which products can you rely on?

Luckily for consumers, the ADA, or American Dental Association helps buyers know what dental products actually do what they claim. All you have to do is look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the product packaging. Over 300 oral health products have been researched by the ADA, including toothbrushes, mouthwashes, denture products, even chewing gum. These products carrying the seal have been rigorously tested and found to be both safe and effective. This patient-centered, science-based and ethically-driven association has done extensive research on all products carrying its Seal of Acceptance.

The ADA’s code of ethics for the dentists who belong to the ADA is that they are to 1) promise to do no harm, 2) always do good and 3) to treat patients fairly and honestly. In addition to the ADA’s code, they ensure that consumers receive the highest level of patient safety and satisfaction. The association also establishes how dental products and technologies should be defined, how they should perform, and how these products and technologies need to work together.

As the exclusive developer of dental standards in the U.S. the ADA also participates in international standards development. The eight areas it recognizes are 1) dental public health 2) endodontics 3) oral and maxillofacial surgery 4) oral pathology 5) orthodontics 6) pediatric dentistry 7) periodontics and 8) prosthodontics.

You can rest assured that the ADA is reliable when it comes to consumer product standards, as are a non-profit whose job is to scientifically evaluate the products submitted, and make sure those products actually work, so you can trust that the product does what it says it does. ADA standards are so high that their companies are often asked to meet standards higher than what the law requires. And finally, the ADA receives no payment for their endorsements.

Now that you know about this consumer organization, you can shop with confidence when looking for products to help your oral health. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to schedule your next dental visit, please call our Smiles Dental team at 360.335.3998 today!