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The Best Whitening Toothpaste

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The best whitening toothpaste is one that will remove stains and make teeth whiter without removing enamel.

Will a non abrasive toothpaste do the job?  Click here for my recommendation.

Teeth whitening products are everywhere. Many toothpastes claim to whiten, brighten, or extreme whiten your teeth.

best whitening toothpaste

Here's the part that may be misleading:

Whitening toothpastes remove surface stains from your teeth and make stained teeth whiter.

Some teeth are just yellow or discolored and don't have surface stains.

Whitening toothpastes won't change the color of those teeth.

If your teeth have surface stains from smoking or drinking coffee, tea, or sodas, a whitening toothpaste might help.

For discolored teeth there are more effective ways whiten your teeth.

Whitening strips, whitening trays, or a professional whitening procedure will improve the color of your teeth.

Got surface stain?

Here is how to find the best whitening toothpaste for you.

The stain removing ingredient is the grit or abrasiveness in your toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste manufacturers use a variety of ingredients in toothpaste to add grit.

Calcium phosphates, alumina, calcium carbonate, hydrated silica, silica gel, and amorphous silicon dioxide are some commonly used  toothpaste ingredients.

About whitening toothpastes with extra grit...

They remove stain but don't remove dental plaque better than non abrasive toothpastes.

Plaque is more harmful to your teeth and gums than stain.

Stain is not pretty, but is mostly harmless to your teeth and gums.

Using a toothpaste with too much grit can damage your teeth.

Is your toothpaste is too abrasive?

Luckily, a test has been developed to measure the abrasivness of a toothpaste. The RDA (relative dentin abrasiveness) of a toothpaste tells you how abrasive it is.

Most toothpastes don't include this information  on the label, but it is easy to find by calling the consumer contact number on your favorite toothpaste.  I have listed the RDA for some popular toothpastes below.

RDA Table

0-70 low abrasive

70-100 medium abrasive

100-150 highly abrasive

150-250 harmful

The FDA limit is 200 for approval. The ADA limit is 250 for approval.

RDA scores of some popular toothpastes

Arm & Hammer Dental Care 35

Oxyfresh 45

Tom’s of Maine Sensitive toothpaste 49

Arm & Hammer Peroxicare 49

Rembrandt Original 53

Closys toothpaste 53

Colgate Total 70

Sensodyne toothpaste 79

Tom’s of Maine Regular 93

Crest toothpaste Regular 95

Mentadent toothpaste 103

Crest Extra Whitening 130

Ultra Brite 132

Pepsodent toothpaste 150

Crest pro-health toothpaste 189

Pearl Drops toothpaste Extra 227

Topol toothpaste Spearmint 256

Topol toothpaste Peppermint 276

What should you do?

Know the RDA of your toothpaste.

If you love one of the more abrasive brands, don't use it every day. Try alternating it with a non abrasive one.

a little known fact...

Plain baking soda has an RDA value of 7...very safe!

Try dipping your wet toothbrush in baking soda and brush just the stained areas of your teeth.

The taste?   Well...it's not minty fresh and takes a little getting used to, but it works for some stains and won't harm your enamel.

Don't use Topol, Pearl drops, or any other abrasive toothpastes they will do more harm than good. These products will remove stain but they also remove enamel and shine from your teeth over time.

To really whiten your smile, my favorite professional whitening product is Zoom.  Here's why.

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