Your Toothpaste Could Be Turning Your Teeth Yellow!

Hey everyone! There’s a topic that’s always been on the forefront of my patients’ minds and that’s “toothpastes.”  Many of my patients always ask which ones are the best ones and my response is always: “The ones that are least abrasive.”

You can find out which toothpastes are the least abrasive by looking at their RDA value, or Relative Dentin Abrasivity.   It’s a scale from 0-250.  A mild abrasive would measure between 0-70.  Moderate measures between 70-100.  High measure between 100-150.  And anything above 150 is a very high abrasive.

Typically, the least abrasive toothpastes are the ones that mark themselves as “sensitive toothpastes.”  Essentially, they don’t want to incorporate hard particles in their toothpaste which could end up abrading and inducing more sensitivity in teeth.  So, they make them with a smooth-like consistency.  The most abrasive toothpastes are the ones that advertise themselves as whitening.  As I like to say, these have more “crunchies” to abrade and remove surface staining.  Eventually, there does come a point where you’ve removed all the surface stains from your teeth and now all you’re doing is abrading your teeth.  My favorite saying about whitening toothpastes is that, “you may be thinking you’re brushing your teeth to whiteness, but when in fact you’re brushing your teeth to yellowness.”  You’re potentially removing the white shell of enamel off your teeth and revealing what really exists underneath which is a yellow tooth.

Check out the chart below and see where your toothpaste falls.  It may surprise you!

Until next time!  Have a nice day!

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04      Toothbrush with plain water91      Aquafresh Sensitive
07      Plain baking soda93      Tom’s of Maine
15      Weleda Salt Toothpaste94      Rembrandt Plus
30      Elmex Sensitive Plus95      Oxyfresh with Fluoride
30      Weleda Plant Tooth Gel95      Crest Regular
35      Arm & Hammer Dental Care97      Oxyfresh Powder
40      Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel101     Natural White
42      Arm & Hammer Mentadent Advance Whitening103     Mentadent
44      Squiggle Enamel Saver103     Arm & Hammer Sensation
45      Weleda Calendula Toothpaste104     Sensodyne Extra Whitening
45      Weleda Pink Toothpaste with Ratanhia106     Colgate Platinum
45      Oxyfresh106     Arm & Hammer Advance White Extreme Whitening
48      Arm & Hammer Dental Care Sensitive107     Crest Sensitivity Protection
49      Tom’s of Maine Sensitive110     Colgate Herbal
52      Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Regular~80     Amway Glister
53      Rembrandt Original113     Aquafresh Whitening
53      Closys117     Arm & Hammer Advance White Gel
54      Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Bold Mint117     Arm & Hammer Sensation Tartar Control
57      Tom’s of Maine Childrens120     Close Up with Baking Soda
62      Supersmile124     Colgate Whitening
63      Rembrandt Mint130     Crest Extra Whitening
68      Colgate Regular133     Ultra Brite
70      Colgate Total144     Crest Multicare Whitening
70      Arm & Hammer Advance White Sensitive145     Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening Formula
70      Colgate 2-in-1 Fresh Mint150     Pepsodent
78      Biotene165     Colgate Tartar Control
79      Sensodyne168     Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Fresh Mint
80      AIM176     Nature’s Gate Paste
80      Close Up184    Crest ProHealth
82      Under the Gum 200     Colgate 2-in-1TartarControl/Whitening
83      Colgate Sensitive Max Strength
87      Nature’s Gate