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Time to Talk About - Finding the Best Toothpaste

According to an article at the Wall Street Journal online site,, there were more than 350 types and brands of toothpaste available in early 2011, which were the latest numbers we could find. Not surprisingly, with commercial floor space being so expensive, retailers are working to reduce the number of units they offer. Yet, with so many types and brands to choose from, many consumers still have questions about which is the "best" toothpaste to buy and use.

Some of the best information available to help you answer this question can be found in the Toothpaste Review at The review offers a comprehensive look at toothpaste in general, specific recommendations for you and your family, as well as a guide for How to Buy Toothpaste, including the most popular currently available.

From the report:

Our toothpaste analysis comes from trusted tests, user reviews and dentist recommendations. Our top-rated toothpastes include choices for those with sensitive teeth and for those who want a natural brand. But we also take a hard look at marketing claims."

Fluoride in toothpaste

While fluoridated water has become a controversial subject lately, there is little debate on the value of fluoride in toothpaste. The reason? Fluoride helps to prevent cavities, and is most effective when applied topically, or directly to the teeth. Hence, the debate over fluoride in our drinking water, since drinking fluoridated water has little or no effect on tooth decay.

Overwhelmingly, experts in the field of oral health recommend that you buy a toothpaste that contains fluoride for yourself and your family. In fact, this is the #1 tip in their "How to Buy Toothpaste" guide.

Get a fluoride toothpaste. Experts say brushing with a toothpaste that contains fluoride is important for preventing cavities. On the label, this may be called stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride or monofluoride phosphate (MFP). This is the ingredient all oral care professionals seem to agree upon as the basis for using commercial toothpastes. As long as the product has fluoride, it will help maintain oral health. However, stannous fluoride can stain teeth.

You should also buy a toothpaste that has been given the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, take care that your choice is not too abrasive, and of course, choose a toothpaste that agrees with every member of your family. Make sure they enjoy the taste and texture or they will not brush their teeth as needed.

The major caution found in the report is this – whitening toothpastes are a waste of time and money, according to the experts. While they may reduce staining, no toothpaste on the market can actually "whiten" your teeth beyond their natural color.

In short, the best toothpaste is the one that gets used very day – without fail – by you and your family.

Dr. Kaushal Dhawan and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.

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