What is the Best Toothpaste?

Toothpaste abrasiveness ratings

Many people use toothpaste as part of their oral health care regimen.  One of the most frequent questions we get is which Toothpaste should I use ? As you know there are many shapes and sizes. Many manufacturers continue to come up with new formulations which claim to whiten teeth, freshen breath and fight gum disease. In my opinion the 2 best for overall use are the Crest ProHealth line and Colgate Total. Be careful of the whitening pastes as we are seeing more gum irritation and sensitivity as these are more abrasive and can cause problems. The whitening claims come more from the ability to better remove stains. I have attached a list of toothpastes and their abrasive ranking. I suggest avoiding those above 100 /Medium Abrasive.   Toothpaste’s abrasiveness is measured by its Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA). The table below shows the RDA of some common toothpaste.  As always call or email with any questions!


Abrasiveness Index of Common Toothpastes

Toothpaste RDA Value
Baking Soda 7
Arm&Hammer Tooth Powder 8
Arm&Hammer Dental Care 35
Pronamel for Kids 35
Sensodyne Pronamel 35
Oxyfresh 45
Arm&Hammer Peroxicare 49
Rembrandt Original 53
Colgate Regular 68
Colgate Total 70
Sensodyne 79
Aim 80
Colgate Sensitive Max Strength 83
Aquafresh Sensitive 91
Crest Regular 95
Mentadent 103
Sensodyne Extra Whitening 104
Colgate Platinum 106
Crest Sensitivity 107
Aquafresh Whitening 113
Arm&Hammer Tarter Control 117
Arm&Hammer Advance White Gel 117
Colgate Whitening 124
Crest MultiCare Whitening 144
Colgate Baking Soda Whitening 145
Colgate Tarter Control 165
Colgate 2-in-1 Tarter Control/White 200
The RDA table
0-70 = Low Abrasive
70-100 = Medium Abrasive
100-150 = Highly Abrasive
150-250 = Harmful Limit
FDA Recommended Limit is 200
ADA Recommended Limit is 250

Portions of this table provided by Dr. David L. Duke