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Mayfair Family Dentistry | What is the best toothpaste to use? in Philadelphia

Robert S. Gurmankin, DMD

(215) 624-4415

What is the best toothpaste to use?
AGD Member
 

There is no one best toothpaste on the market, despite claims by the manufacturers.  A fluoride toothpaste that tastes good (so you may brush longer) and is not too abrasive is best.  If you have sensitive teeth, a sensitive formula toothpaste (with potasium nitrite) may help.  Following is a list of the abrasiveness of many toothpastes.

The RDA value ( radioactive dentin abrasion or relative dentin abrasivity) is figured for every FDA approved toothpaste. However, this is rarely mentioned in the marketing efforts of the manufacturers, since a few of them are quite abrasive.
 
The ADA (American Dental Association) has adopted a standardized test.  Any value over 100 is considered to be abrasive. The ADA recommended limit is 250, whereas the FDA limit is 200. Other factors that are taken into consideration are the size, quantity, and surface structure of the abrasive itself. 
 
The RDA table:
0-70 = low abrasive
70-100 = medium abrasive
100-150 = highly abrasive
150-250 = regarded as harmful limit

 

Toothpaste:

RDA Value

Straight Baking Soda

7

Arm & Hammer Tooth Powder

8

Arm & HammerDental Care

35

Oxyfresh*

45

Tom’s of Maine Sensitive

49

Arm & Hammer Peroxicare

49

Rembrandt Original

53

CloSYS

53

Tom’s of Maine Children

57

Colgate Regular*

68

Colgate Total

70

Sensodyne*

79

Aim

80

Colgate Sensitive Max Strength

83

Aquafresh Sensitive

91

Tom’s of Maine Regular

93

Crest Regular*

95

Mentadent

103

Sensodyne Extra Whitening

104

Colgate Platinum

106

Crest Sensitivity

107

Colgate Herbal

110

Aquafresh Whitening

113

Arm & Hammer Tarter Control

117

Arm & Hammer Advanced White Gel

117

Close-Up with Baking Soda

120

Colgate Whitening

124

Ultra Brite

130

Crest MultiCare Whitening

144

Colgate Baking Soda Whitening

145

Pepsodent

150

Colgate Tarter Control

165

FDA Recommended Limit

200

ADA Recommended Limit

250

 
 
Philadelphia Dentist | What is the best toothpaste to use?. Robert Gurmankin is a Philadelphia Dentist.
 

 

Updated in 2016.