“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 04 ADA reference toothbrush and plain water 07 plain baking soda 08 Arm & Hammer Tooth Powder 30 Elmex Sensitive Plus 35 Arm & Hammer Dental Care 42 Arm & Hammer Advance White Baking Soda Peroxide 44 Squigle Enamel Saver 48 Arm & Hammer Dental Care Sensitive 49 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Tartar Control 49 Tom’s of Maine Sensitive (given as 40′s) 52 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Regular 53 Rembrandt Original (“RDA”) 54 Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Bold Mint 57 Tom’s of Maine Children’s, Wintermint (given as mid-50′s) 62 Supersmile 63 Rembrandt Mint (“Hefferren RDA”) 68 Colgate Regular 70 Colgate Total 70 Arm & Hammer Advance White Sensitive 70 Colgate 2-in-1 Fresh Mint (given as 50-70) 79 Sensodyne 80 AIM 80 Close-Up 83 Colgate Sensitive Maximum Strength 91 Aquafresh Sensitive 93 Tom’s of Maine Regular (given as high 80′s low 90′s) 94 Rembrandt Plus 94 Plus White 95 Crest Regular (possibly 99) 101 Natural White 103 Mentadent 103 Arm & Hammer Sensation 104 Sensodyne Extra Whitening 106 Colgate Platinum 106 Arm & Hammer Advance White Paste 107 Crest Sensitivity Protection 110 Colgate Herbal 110 Amway Glister (given as upper bound) 113 Aquafresh Whitening 117 Arm & Hammer Advance White Gel 117 Arm & Hammer Sensation Tartar Control 120 Close-Up with Baking Soda (canadian) 124 Colgate Whitening 130 Crest Extra Whitening 133 Ultra brite 144 Crest MultiCare Whitening 145 Ultra brite Advanced Whitening Formula 150 Pepsodent (given as upper bound) 165 Colgate Tartar Control (given as 155-165) 168 Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Fresh Mint 175 Colgate Luminous (given as 150-200) 200 Colgate 2-in-1 Tartar Control/Whitening or Icy Blast/Whitening (given as 190-200) 200 FDA recommended limit 250 ADA recommended limit