What Is the Best Type of Toothpaste?

By now, you’re probably aware that you need to be brushing your teeth at least twice a day to help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. But what type of toothpaste should you be using?

When it comes to good toothpaste, it often comes down to what you are trying to achieve. If you want to help prevent gum disease, you may be looking for one type of toothpaste. If you want whiter teeth, you will be looking at another type.

Here are a few quick tips for finding the most effective toothpaste for your individual needs.

  • Look for toothpastes containing hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening.
  • Many whitening toothpastes contain an added abrasive to help scrub away stains.
  • Sensitive teeth? Look for potassium nitrate and stannous fluoride.
  • Dealing with gingivitis or plaque buildup? Look for toothpaste containing stannous fluoride.

Whitening Toothpaste:

Colgate Optic White Renewal Toothpaste – 3% Hydrogen Peroxide – High Impact White

The best whitening toothpaste offered by Colgate. Contains an active ingredient of 3% hydrogen peroxide to help remove a decade of yellow stains. Helps protect against cavities with added fluoride and is safe for daily use. This is a vegan toothpaste that is both sugar and gluten free.

Crest Complete Whitening + Scope Long Lasting Mint

Fresh and clean get together for the creation of a toothpaste delivering Crest’s stain-removing power with Scope’s minty fresh taste. This product helps to prevent cavities and tartar, while offering added teeth whitening.


Sensodyne ProNamel to Strengthen Enamel

Another great toothpaste that bolsters the tooth enamel layer with minerals for protecting your teeth against acid erosion due to the consumption of acidic foods and beverages. It also helps to prevent teeth pain caused by temperature fluctuations, sweets or acids.

This is a gentle formula that helps to remove stains, while returning the natural whiteness of your smile.


Tom’s Simply White – With Fluoride 

Tom’s of Maine has developed this whitening toothpaste using natural silicas to help remove surface stains without using any bleaching chemicals. The fluoride that it contains helps to strengthen enamel and combat cavities.

This is the only natural teeth whitening toothpaste earning the ADA seal.

Ten percent of Tom’s Of Maine’s profits go to charities dedicated to the health and education of children, as well as protecting the environment.

Overall Oral Health:

Colgate Total – Whole Mouth Health

This is an interesting product that fights bacteria in two ways:

  • Weakens and kills bacteria found in plaque and saliva by interfering with their nutrient absorption.
  • Creates a protective barrier for the entire mouth to protect against the attachment of bacteria.

The Bottom Line

There is definitely no shortage of specialized toothpastes out there. The most effective way to find the type that works best for you is to define your treatment objectives and locate the product that matches up best with it. And, of course, taste is always a factor!


Thanks for your support!

– Dr. Houlik 


DISCLAIMER: This post may contain affiliate links that could result in commissions from select products at no cost to you. You are in no way obligated to use these links, they are here to ensure that everyone is able to access my recommended products and find the exact ones, as many of these products come in a variety in stores. Each recommendation reflects my opinion. Every patient’s dental health care needs will vary. Consult with your dentist/doctor if you have any questions/concerns regarding these products.



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