On the surface, toothpaste seems easy to decipher. Just grab a tube and go. But with the ever growing number of choices out there is it really that cut and dry?
Let’s find out…
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Ultimate Toothpaste Guide: All You Need to Know to Maintain a Healthy Smile
Best Selling Toothpaste In the US (in millions)
- Crest 3D White — $180.7
- Colgate Total — $178.7
- Sensodyne — $171.4
- Sensodyne ProNamel — $136.1
- Colgate Optic White — $143.8
- Colgate — $122.7
- Crest — $112.2
- Colgate Max Fresh — $88.5
- Crest Pro-Health — $86.2
- Crest Whitening plus Scope — $82
Toothpaste Facts You Might Not Know
- Before toothpaste people used pumice, eggshells, twigs and even just their own fingers!
- Up until 1850 toothpastes were powders that contained soap and chalk
- Toothpaste can help dry out zits
- Toothpaste can remove tarnish from silver jewelry
- Seaweed gives toothpaste the consistency it needs to be squeezed on your brush
Different Types of Toothpaste
- Anti-cavity — A majority of options will contain fluoride. It adds a layer of protection to your teeth. Can be harmful if swallowed regularly.
- Tartar Control — Best choice to control tartar build up before it turns to plaque, which is harder to remove
- Sensitive Formula — Best if you experience pain / discomfort when eating and drinking hot or cold foods and drinks.
- Anti-gingivitis — Helps reduce oral bacteria and can be very effective at stopping gingivitis at its source.
- Whitening — These are common, but aren’t the safest option. They usually contain abrasive ingredients and can wear down enamel.
- Natural — Contain only natural ingredients like bamboo, stevia extracts, baking soda and peppermint oil
- For Kids — Training toothpastes are designed to be swallowed. Children’s formula is best for older kids, as it typically has less fluoride and kid flavors
Note About Fluoride
- Receiving increasing scrutiny in recent years
- Benefits of fluoride coding can be eliminated by chewing
- Children can swallow more to face what is recommended for an entire day from all sources.
- Be sure to ask your dentist for their thoughts on fluoride.
If Toothpaste Is Good… Is Even More Better?
- Using more than a pea-sized squirt can do more harm than good
Damage tooth enamel
- Heightened sensitivity
Toxic Ingredients To Avoid
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Propylene Glycol
Try Making Your Own!
- ⅔ cup baking soda
- 1 tsp sea salt (fine)
- 1 – 2 tsp peppermint extract
- Filtered water to consistency desired
Options to Store Homemade Toothpaste
- Plastic tubes
- Glass jars
- Plastic containers