As a dentist, questions about toothpaste are very common. One of the most frequent is “which toothpaste is best?” Patients are usually surprised to hear that for the most part all toothpaste is the same. Yes it is true. No matter what it says on the box or tube the variety of products on the market will do the same thing. Let’s discuss some major differences between various brands of toothpaste.

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The main distinction between between toothpaste is whether it contains fluoride or is fluoride free. Brushing with fluoridated toothpaste can help prevent cavities. The fluoride ion incorporates itself into the surface of the affected (decalcified) tooth and actually makes that surface more resistant to tooth decay. Using non-fluoridated does not have the regenerating properties of fluoridated toothpaste but works just as good with removal of plaque.

Another difference between toothpaste is the variety of things that toothpaste will accomplish. From tooth whitening to tartar control, what really works? You would be surprised to know that there is no toothpaste on the market that will eliminate internal stains of teeth. Whitening toothpaste usually contains some form of abrasive which at best will eliminate the external stains present on teeth. No matter how much or how hard you brush you will not eliminate the internal stains. As for tartar control, brushing properly eliminates all the dental plaque which in turn does not allow any tarter to form.

This leaves two more important factors to consider in choosing good toothpaste. The first would be the taste and consistency. If you find toothpaste that has a pleasant taste and consistency you will enjoy brushing more than if you don’t like what you brush with. The other factor to consider is the cost of toothpaste. How much are you willing to spend on toothpaste? Is it worth spending two to three dollars more just for a name brand? That is something you have to decide for yourself. With the same core benefits offered with both products, is it really worth spending more money?

Bottom line is that flossing and brushing will eliminate the plaque, which in turn will prevent cavities. The technique used is more important than the type of toothpaste that is used.