If you’re brushing two (or even three) times a day, you’ll find yourself going through toothpaste fairly quickly. That’s a good problem to have—but are you really thinking about what you’re putting in your cart when it’s time to restock?
There are countless kinds of toothpaste on the shelves and online, ranging from all-natural, sensitivity control, deep-cleaning, whitening, and more. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular questions that we get from our patients is on the best kind of toothpaste for them to use.
How do you know which type of toothpaste is right for you? Ultimately, the toothpaste that you choose often depends on your individual oral health needs and personal preferences. To get you started, here’s a list of common oral health concerns and the best toothpaste to use for each.
For those who are looking for a natural-based way to clean their mouth, Tom’s of Maine has plenty of options to choose from. One of their most popular products is their Peppermint Prebiotic Toothpaste, which helps support good bacteria while getting rid of the bad.
Many of their ingredients are derived from vegetables, plants and minerals, all while keeping the one that fights cavities—fluoride. Overall, Tom’s offers a great all-in-one solution for natural-based oral health, strengthening enamel, fighting tartar buildup, and helping to remove stains for a brighter smile.
Enamel loss causes sensitivity, chips and cracks, discoloration, and even indentations on the surface of your teeth. Once you lose your enamel, you can’t get it back—but you can slow down enamel loss by using a toothpaste that restores the minerals your enamel needs to stay strong.
One of the most popular picks for enamel loss is Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste. Sensodyne uses a pH neutral formula to combat acid erosion, a big factor in enamel loss. Gentle and fluoride-rich, this toothpaste is a great option for anyone who is worried about weakened enamel.
Having sensitive teeth can cause significant discomfort. For many people, the pain from sensitive teeth may even cause them to avoid eating or drinking things that are too hot or too cold altogether. Along with flossing regularly, one of the best things you can do to combat sensitive teeth is to brush regularly with a high-quality toothpaste.
Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste helps create a protective seal around your nerves, shielding you from twinges of pain or discomfort due to sensitivity. It also helps protect your teeth from stain buildup and prevents cavities from forming, making it an all-around great pick for sensitive teeth.
Surface stains on your teeth can be nothing short of frustrating, and they may even cause you to avoid showing off your teeth when smiling. To lift surface stains and bring teeth up to four shades whiter, try Colgate Optic White Advanced. This formula contains hydrogen peroxide, which is dentist-recommended for whiter teeth. It’s also safe for enamel, meaning you can maintain the strength of your teeth as they lighten.
You can’t go wrong with a deep-cleaning toothpaste—especially if you aren’t in the habit of flossing regularly. Crest Pro-Health Active Defense helps keep bacteria from forming around your gum line, cheeks, tongue, and teeth for a full 24 hours. And as an ADA-accepted formula, this toothpaste has been reviewed and approved by dentists as a means to fight gingivitis, tooth decay, plaque, enamel erosion, and even sensitivity.
Find Your Perfect Toothpaste
Your dentist is a fantastic resource for toothpaste recommendations. Reach out to our office at any time with questions on how to find the best toothpaste for your specific needs. Aurora Dental Group is happy to help our patients maintain good oral hygiene, both in the office and at home.