What’s the Best Toothpaste to use?
"Hey Doc, What's the Best toothpaste for me?"
This is one of the most common questions we get, "What is the best toothpaste to use?"
Here's how to figure out if you are using the right toothpaste!
There are so many toothpastes on the market today, it's hard to decide which products to use. Before you reach for that whitening toothpaste you need to know that the abrasivity of these products can be damaging to your teeth. In fact, recent studies show that it's NOT the strength of the toothbrush bristles (hard vs. soft) that causes the damage and recession at the gum line. Rather, the cause may be the abrasive particles in everyday whitening toothpastes. You also want to choose a toothpaste that isn't too abrasive. The abrasiveness in toothpaste can scratch porcelain restorations and even natural enamel. This natural enamel is almost impossible to get back once it is gone so it is imperative that you keep it healthy. The lower the number the less abrasive the toothpaste is. The lowest level of abrasiveness runs from 0-70. 71-100 is medium abrasiveness and 101-150 is highly abrasive. You want to avoid using toothpastes altogether that run in the 151-250 mark as those are considered harmful! To be safe, choose the baking-soda toothpastes like Arm & Hammer. Plain baking soda is the least abrasive stain remover.
But it's not just stains you should be worried about. It is also important to choose products that prevent (perhaps even reverse) decay. The best products for preventing cavities are those that help strengthen and remineralize (regrow) enamel. CariFree products have a high pH, so they neutralize the acids that dissolve your enamel (which makes the teeth soft and susceptible to decay). CariFree Neutralizing Gel also contains tiny enamel-building crystals which your teeth essentially soak up and regrow enamel. These products actually strengthen "soft teeth." Your Atlanta Dental Spa team of doctors recommend the combination of a gentle stain-removing toothpaste along with enamel-strengthening products like CariFree. Using these products everyday will help to ensure stronger, healthier teeth and a brighter smile.
As always, check with your dentist to see what the best toothpaste is for you! Everyone's mouth is different and therefore every patient is going to need something different to give them optimal oral health.
Abrasivity of common toothpastes:
RDA – Dentifrice brand and variety