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Brushing your teeth is supposed to protect them from damage, but some toothpastes can actually be damaging your teeth. The problem is that many toothpastes are highly abrasive and can wear away tooth enamel. And they’re especially damaging to the dentin under the enamel if it gets exposed. Fortunately, if you know the abrasiveness of the toothpaste, you can choose the right one for you.

In our office, we recommend two toothpastes. Sensodyne ProNamel for maintaining a healthy, low decay risk mouth and CariFree CTX4 for patients with a high risk of dental decay (three or more cavities constitutes high risk for dental decay). Note that both of these toothpastes fall into a low abrasive index.

Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) Values

The potential for damage from toothpastes can be measured with RDA, which is an objective measure of how much dentin a toothpaste will remove when used for brushing. The RDA for many common toothpastes have been collected, and we’re providing them here so you can make the right choice for you. In general, we recommend toothpastes with an RDA of 70 or less.

Toothbrush with Plain Water4Rembrandt Mint63Amway Glister110
Plain Baking Soda7Colgate Enamel Care Advanced Whitening65Aquafresh Whitening113
Arm & Hammer Tooth Powder8Crest with Scope Whitening65Arm & Hammer Advance White Gel117
Weleda Salt Toothpaste15Colgate Regular68Arm & Hammer Sensation Tartar Control117
CariFree CTx4 Gel 1100/50030Colgate Total70Fluoridex Daily Defense117
CariFree CTx3 Gel30Arm & Hammer Advance White Sensitive70Close Up with Baking Soda120
Elmex Sensitive Plus30Colgate 2-in-1 Fresh Mint70Crest Extra Whitening with Baking Soda120
Weleda Plant Tooth Gel30Crest Rejuvenating Effects Liquid Gel74Colgate Whitening124
Sensodyne ProNamel34Prevident 5000 Booster75Crest Maximum Sensitivity126
Arm & Hammer Dental Care35Sensodyne79Crest Extra Whitening130
Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel40Aim80Ultra Brite133
Arm & Hammer Mentadent Advance Whitening42Biotene Paste with Fluoride80Crest MultiCare Fresh Mint139
Squiggle Enamel Saver44Colgate Sensitive Max Strength83Crest Pro-Health140
Weleda Calendula Toothpaste45Aquafresh Sensitive91Crest Multicare Whitening144
Weleda Pink Toothpaste with Ratanhia45Tom’s of Maine Regular93Colgate Baking Soda Whitening145
Oxyfresh45Rembrandt Plus94Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening Formula146
Arm & Hammer Dental Care Sensitive48Plus White94Pepsodent150
Tom’s of Maine Sensitive49Oxyfresh with Fluoride95Crest Rejuvenating Effects155
Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Tartar Control49Crest Regular95Colgate Tartar Control165
Crest with Scope51Oxyfresh Powder97Colgate Luminous175
Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Regular52Colgate Enamel Care Natural Whitening100Colgate 2-in-1 Tartar Control / White
Healthy Teeth & Gums52Natural White101FDA Recommended Limit200
Rembrandt Original53Mentadent103ADA Recommended Limit250
Closys53Arm & Hammer Sensation103
Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Bold Mint54Sensodyne Extra Whitening104
Perioscience White Care57Colgate Platinum106
Tom’s of Maine Children’s57Arm & Hammer Advance White Extreme Whitening106
Biotene Gel60Crest Sensitivity Protection107
Clinpro 500062Colgate Tartar Control with Baking Soda and Peroxide109
Supersmile62Colgate Herbal110

Have Questions?

If you have questions about your oral health and hygiene in Las Vegas, please call (702) 873-0324  today for an appointment with Dr. James B. Polley.