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 Brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining good oral health. Learn about the various types of toothpaste available and how to choose the best one for you.

Toothpaste isn't always the same as a paste. It comes in the form of a gel, powder, or paste that you brush onto your teeth and gums to help remove plaque and improve your oral health. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), toothpaste is beneficial to oral health because it aids in the removal of plaque and bacterial buildup on teeth, as well as the prevention of periodontal disease (gum disease). Fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel and prevents tooth decay, is found in most toothpaste.

What's in a Tube of Toothpaste?

Depending on the benefits touted by the particular brand, the exact composition of different tubes of toothpaste may vary slightly (such as whitening teeth or reducing gum inflammation). The following ingredients are commonly found in tubes of toothpaste:

  1. Magnesium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, calcium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides, and phosphate salts are all gentle abrasives.
  2. Glycerol, sorbitol, or other "humectants" are ingredients that prevent toothpaste from drying out.
  3. To give the toothpaste a uniform appearance and texture, thickeners such as seaweed or mineral colloids, synthetic cellulose, or natural gum are used.
  4. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and makes it more resistant to decay.
  5. Saccharin, for example, is a flavoring agent that does not cause tooth decay.

To make the toothpaste foamy, detergents like sodium lauryl sarcosinate are used.

How to Choose the Best Toothpaste for You

It can be overwhelming to try to find the right toothpaste among the dizzying array of options available in a typical drugstore aisle. "To navigate the dental 'aisle of confusion,' one almost needs a Ph.D.," says Richard H. Price, DMD, ADA spokesperson and former clinical instructor at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.        

When selecting toothpaste, the first step is to ensure that the product is safe and will perform as advertised. Because they make disease-fighting claims, toothpaste containing fluoride are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On the packaging of these products, a standard "drug facts" panel will list active ingredients, warnings, and other pertinent information.

Kinds of toothpaste without fluoride are considered cosmetics and thus are not regulated by the FDA. These products should, however, include a list of ingredients. Avoid any toothpaste that does not clearly state the ingredients or is not properly labeled to avoid counterfeit and unregulated products.

If you're looking for more information about toothpaste, look for the ADA seal of approval. This symbol indicates that the manufacturer has taken part in an ADA-sponsored voluntary testing program to assess a product's safety and effectiveness. Any toothpaste that contains sugar, for example, will not be approved by the ADA.

"You know it'll do what it says because it has the ADA seal on it," says Dr. Price, who retired from a 35-year private group dental practice in Newton, Massachusetts.

Fluoride in Toothpaste: What Does It Mean?

Fluoride is a major component of toothpaste. Fluoride has numerous advantages for both children and adults. "Fluoride toothpaste isn't just for kids," says Price. "It's good for us all our lives." "The fluoride in toothpaste heals and demineralizes microscopic cavities as they form, hardens the tooth surface, making it more resistant to bacterial acid attack, and slows the action of acid-producing bacteria."

Safety of Fluoride

Although the FDA mandates that fluoride toothpaste bears a warning label instructing parents to contact a poison control center if their child consumes a large amount of toothpaste by accident, the American Dental Association's Council on Scientific Affairs believes that the FDA warning exaggerates the risks of ingested fluoride to children. Children cannot swallow enough fluoride from toothpaste during normal brushing to cause serious problems, according to the American Dental Association.

Nonetheless, Price advises limiting children under the age of 5 to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and supervising their brushing because most young children haven't learned to rinse rather than swallow after brushing.

Toothpaste for Specific Gum and Tooth Problems

There's probably toothpaste for you, no matter what your oral hygiene requirements are.

Look for products with potassium nitrate or strontium chloride as ingredients if you have sensitive teeth. Choose a toothpaste with pyrophosphates, triclosan, and zinc citrate to help prevent gingivitis and tartar buildup. You can also find products that are designed to help whiten stained teeth or that are formulated with special abrasives to combat bad breath.

"If you have specific needs, such as teeth that are sensitive to cold or heat, or tartar buildup issues, look for kinds of toothpaste with the ADA seal, or ask your dentist for a recommendation," Price suggests.

We've done some research and found the top five tubes of toothpaste for dental health.

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  1. Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Teeth Whitening Enamel Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0762LYFKP/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=healthlifekit-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B0762LYFKP&linkId=c792eb97eaacaf4e59aa0f70db42ce2e
  2. Colgate Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste - Gel Formula https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LTHYWB0/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=healthlifekit-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01LTHYWB0&linkId=fecb19d3f3c4d511a038e1468f31b6dd
  3. Advance to a healthier smile and stronger Teeth with Crest Pro-Health Advanced antibacterial protection https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PWZCP1F/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=healthlifekit-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B08PWZCP1F&linkId=6a40a5171e121d1213e06087b0eacb10
  4. Say hello to naturally friendly antiplaque and whitening fluoride-free toothpaste that tastes awesome and works brilliantly https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HJWFL7C/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=healthlifekit-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07HJWFL7C&linkId=6d8ab7aca9fdf1c8241ec793b18b790a

  5. Crest Toothpaste Gum Detoxify Deep Clean, 4.1oz (Pack of 3)https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0791V11PS/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=healthlifekit-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B0791V11PS&linkId=41d29f4aef584a93cf14037f3d7a5f3c


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