There are so many different types of toothpaste out there that it can be hard to find the right one to use. A very common question we are asked here at Coshocton Dentistry is which toothpaste is the right one. There is no right toothpaste, but there is some information we would like to share with our patients and followers.
Toothpaste is Abrasive
If you are curious as to which toothpaste is the best, all you have to do is make sure you are using one with low relative dentin abrasion (RDA) values. If you think of toothpaste like sand, you want to use the kind with the smallest particles so that you don't scratch your teeth and gums. Some kinds of toothpaste have higher RDA values and can actually harm your mouth more than it is helping (see the graph below.)
The Truth About Whitening Toothpastes
Many people want a whiter and brighter smile, and they will choose whitening toothpaste as a way to achieve this. These types of toothpaste do work, but at the same time, they are stripping the enamel from your teeth. Enamel protects your teeth and keeps them whiter. So, as you continuously use these whitening toothpastes, you could eventually make your teeth more yellow as the enamel erodes.
So, Which Toothpaste Is the Best?
We always recommend a normal toothpaste such as Crest or Colgate that does not have tarter control or whiteners because these are more abrasive, and you want the least amount of RDA when brushing.
If you have a question about which toothpaste is best for you or you want to learn more about toothpaste abrasion, contact us today. Moreover, if you want to achieve a whiter smile, we have teeth whitening services that are not abrasive and can give you the white smile you want, ask today!