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How to Pick the Best Toothpaste

February 11, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann

When you’re standing in the dental care aisle trying to select toothpaste, the choices seem limitless. Whitening, tartar control, baking soda - which of these different kinds is right for your mouth? Here are a few tips to help you avoid confusion the next time you’re browsing for the best toothpaste for you.

Check the Label for a Few Important Facts

Before committing to a certain brand of toothpaste, it’s important to scour the label for a few vital pieces of information.

ADA Approval

Regardless of the brand or style you select, make sure it is approved by the American Dental Association. These toothpastes have gone through rigorous testing and meet the most stringent requirements set up by this official organization.

Fluoride Content

Another important thing you really can’t sacrifice is fluoride. Nearly all dentists agree that using fluoride twice a day on teeth is a great way to prevent cavities and gum disease. Most brand name toothpaste has this crucial ingredient; however, some natural toothpaste formulations leave it out.

Ingredients You Might Be Allergic To

While most toothpaste ingredients are generally mild and non-irritating, some may cause you to have an allergic reaction. If you know you might be allergic to a certain compound in toothpaste, check the label to make sure the one you’re buying doesn’t contain it.

Sugar Content

Believe it or not, some toothpastes actually contain sugar. This is one of the most harmful things you can use to brush your teeth, as it works to eat at the enamel of your teeth and cause cavities. If you must have sweet toothpaste, stick with ones that use artificial sweeteners instead.

Consider Specialty Toothpastes

Some types of toothpaste were crafted with a specific purpose in mind. Choosing one of these types can be great depending on what problems you’d like to fix.


Many kinds of toothpaste claim to whiten teeth, but the best versions usually contain modified silicone abrasives. These small pieces work to polish teeth and scrub away surface stains.


If you have sensitive teeth, you might cringe in fear before you sip a hot beverage or icy drink. Luckily, toothpaste for sensitive teeth is a good way to get rid of this annoying pain. They work by reducing your teeth’s pain signals, preventing them from reaching the nerve. Two ingredients to look out for are potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.


Many people suffer from gingivitis, better known as gum disease. Anti-gingivitis toothpastes are specifically designed to reduce oral bacteria that cause this disease, helping to improve the overall condition of your gums.


Tartar builds up naturally on your teeth due to the presence of cavity-causing bacteria. While tartar-control toothpaste can’t eliminate tartar that has already formed, it can slow or stop the formation of new tartar on your precious teeth. Pyrophosphates and zinc citrate are two good ingredients for this.

Ask Your Dentist

When it comes down to it, if you’re still not sure which toothpaste is right for you, simply ask Dr. Mann at your next appointment. He can easily take a look at your mouth and make a recommendation based on your oral health and desired results.

Don’t have an appointment with Dr. Mann lined up in the near future? Remedy that by scheduling a dental cleaning with us today.

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