Toothpaste and Brushes

General Info on Toothpastes:

I get multiple questions throughout the year about what type of toothpaste to use.  The simple answer is anything with the ADA seal of approval or those that contain similar ingredients.  The US spends roughly 2 billion dollars a year on toothpastes and toothbrushes and there are toothpastes for whitening, dry mouth, sensitivity, and tartar control, among others.  Like exercise - most everything works - but it requires that you use the products adequately.  Hence, I don't have a particular recommendation unless you are having difficulty with your current toothpaste.  As a general guideline, the more the product promises, the more ingredients, and therefore the greater risk of side effects.  Even you have special concerns please continue reading.

General Info on Mouthwashes:

Mouthwashes tend to be topical and fleeting in their mechanism of action.  Within a half an hour, most of the effects of the mouthwash are gone and the bacteria repopulate our mouths.  If you have a higher decay rate, a rinse with fluoride would be indicated to help get fluoride in between your teeth.  For tooth whitening, mouthwashes like Listerine Healthy White can be useful.  There are conditions in which I will recommend a prescription rinse at your appointment.


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Whitening Products

For the best over-the-counter results I would recommend:

  • Brushing with a rechargable powered tooth brush like Oral-B or Sonicare, twice daily
  • Use of a whitening toothpaste
  • Use of a whitening mouthrinse containing hydrogen peroxide

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Dry Mouth Products


Sensitivity Toothpaste

  • Crest, Colgate/Tom's, Sensodyne all have sensitivity products.  Here are a few examples:

Crest Sensi Stop Strips

  • They are apply to the teeth much like whitening strips
  • These are used in addition to daily brushing with a sensitive formula toothpaste

Natural Toothpaste

  • Kiss my Face and Tom's of Maine (Colgate)
  • They have an all natural line of toothpastes that still have cavity protection with fluoride
  • There are many other all natural toothpastes on the market - but I would stick with Kiss My Face.  It is a brand that I use personally


  • I recommended using powered toothbrushes versus a manual brush as they are more effective at removing plaque and have timers to ensure that one brushes for an adequate period of time
  • If you are a manual toothbrush user - I recommend use of a Soft Bristle brush.  The point of brushing is to remove debris from small crevices. The thinner the diameter of the bristle, the softer the rating, and the more effecient the cleaning without causing damge to the gums


Oral-B Powered Toothbrush








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