Toothpaste Abrasion

We’ve been asked so frequently about the best toothpaste to use we thought we’d republish this post from several years back. Toothpaste manufacturers make all sorts of claims for whitening and brightening. However, those toothpastes that claim “whiter teeth” are often the most abrasive.

With all the different types of toothpastes that are being offered to us today, how do we choose the best one? How well does a toothpaste clean, and are any of the components damaging to tooth structure? How do you choose among the many options and cut through the advertising hype? What else in our diet is abrasive and contribute to the erosion of enamel?

To me, it’s important to be sure that the toothpaste isn’t damaging to the enamel surface. With that in mind, one of my colleagues at the Kois Center, Dr. Brenda Nishimura, has compiled this list that I am now sharing with our patients. This summarizes the toothpastes that are the kindest to the tooth surface and those that are the most abrasive. Less abrasive is better!

Toothpaste Abrasion Chart — Numbers Indicate RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasivity)

Very Low Abrasive

04 Toothbrush with plain water

07 Straight baking soda

08 Arm & Hammer Tooth Powder

15 Weleda Salt Toothpaste

18 CTx4 Gel

30 Elmex Sensitive Plus

30 Weleda Plant Tooth Gel

35 Arm & Hammer Dental Care

37 Sensodyne ProNamel

Low Abrasive

40 Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel

42 Arm and Hammer Metadent Advanced Whitening

42 Arm and Hammer Peroxicare

45 Weleda Calendula Toothpaste

45 Oxyfresh

48 Arm & Hammer Dental Care Sensitive

49 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Tartar Control

49 Tom’s of Maine Sensitive

52 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Regular

53 Rembrant Original

54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening

54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Freshening

54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Multi-Protection

54 Arm & Hammer Complete Care Stain Defense

57 Tom’s of Maine Children’s

62 Super Smile

63 Rembrant Mint

65 Arm & Hammer Complete Care Plus Enamel Strengthening

68 Colgate Regular

70 Colgate Total

70 Arm & Hammer Advance White Sensitive

70 Colgate 2-in-1 Fresh Mint

Medium Abrasive

78 Biotene Gentle Dry Mouth

79 Sensodyne

80 AIM

83 Colgate Sensitive Maximum Strength

91 Aquafresh Sensitive

93 Tom’s of Maine Regular

94 Rembrant Plus

95 Crest Regular

95 Oxyfresh with Fluoride

97 Oxyfresh Powder

High Abrasive

100 Colgate Optic White

101 Natural White

103 Mentadent

103 Arm & Hammer Sensation

104 Sensodyne Extra Whitening

106 Colgate Platinum

106 Arm & Hammer Advance White Paste

107 Crest Sensitivity Protection

110 Closeup Paste/Gel

110 Colgate Herbal

113 Aquafresh Whitening

117 Arm & Hammer Advance White Gel

117 Arm & Hammer Sensation Tartar Control

120 Close-Up with Baking Soda

120 Colgate Baking Soda Paste

124 Colgate Whitening

125 Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief, Enamel Repair

130 Crest Pro Health

130 Crest Extra Whitening

133 Ultra Brite

144 Crest MultiCare Whitening

145 Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening Formula

145 Colgate Baking Soda & Peroxide Whitening

Harmfully Abrasive

150 Pepsodent

165 Colgate Tartar Control

168 Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Fresh Mint

176 Nature’s Gate Paste

200 Colgate 2-in-1 Tartar Control/ Whitening or Icy Blast/Whitening

200 Crest White Vivid

260 Ultrabrite Advanced Whitening