Mint-flavored, whitening, tartar control and more – with so many different toothpaste options out there, it can be hard to tell if one toothpaste is better than another.
A common denominator for any good toothpaste is that it has fluoride in it. Fluoride is crucial in fighting cavities, so it’s a must to have in your toothpaste. Beyond that, other specialized ingredients will depend on your teeth. Below are the best-rated toothpastes for general use, whitening, sensitive teeth and natural toothpaste:
For general use, Crest Pro-Health Original Flavor toothpaste in Clean Mint rated highest. Crest Pro-Health uses stannous fluoride instead of the more common sodium fluoride. Stannous fluoride not only helps prevent tooth decay, but it also acts as an antibacterial agent, which helps fight gingivitis, plaque and bad breath. On top of that, this toothpaste helps whiten teeth, helps prevent tooth sensitivity, and is verified by the American Dental Association.
For sensitive teeth, patients should consider Sensodyne ProNamel Fresh Breath toothpaste. Of all the toothpastes tested, this was the one that was the least abrasive, which means for those with sensitive teeth, this toothpaste will be gentle on your thinner enamel. It also contains potassium nitrate, which numbs the mouth and helps lessen discomfort for brushing sensitive teeth.
On the other end of the spectrum, Tom’s of Main Simply White Natural Fluoride toothpaste in Sweet Mint was the highest rated for whitening toothpastes. This toothpaste had a high level of abrasiveness, which helps whiten teeth and remove surface-level stains.
The Natural Dentist Healthy Teeth & Gums Anti-Cavity toothpaste in Peppermint Twist won for natural toothpastes. This toothpaste is free of sodium lauryl sulfate and artificial dyes and sweeteners.