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What is the best toothpaste?

I have seen lots of commercials for toothpaste and I have been given Crest by past dentists.

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1 UpVoted this answer Michael G. Sophocles, DMD Dentist, Paoli

Kenneth Garner
Needs to have soap (just like when you wash your hands), mild polishing compound, and fluoride. This are the main ingredients, my favorite is regular Colgate. If you like it there is a better chance you wont miss. The rest of the colors and wild claims are just trying to sell their products. But if shinny stuff makes you brush, then get shinny paste (WITH FLUORIDE). The main skill about brushing is that you use a soft bristle tooth brush and as you are brushing it is always half on your gum, you are aiming at the crevice between gum and tooth. (where the bugs live) I prefer if you floss and then you brush.
I love this that you like the taste of, doesn't irritate your gums, and has FLUORIDE in it. If you have an aversion to fluoride, I recommend yearly x-rays and little to no sugar in your diet.
The best toothpaste is the one that tastes and feels good in your mouth and motivate you to brush and floss . It should have the seal of approval from the ADA (American Dental Association)
I usually recommend Crest Pro-Health. But any ADA approved toothpaste is fine. If you have sensitive teeth, Sensodyne works really well too.
I usually recommend a Plain Jane tooth paste. Go find the most basic tooth paste out there that has fluoride in it. A lot of whitening pastes are abrasive and cause increased risk for sensitivity. The most important thing is that you are brushing and removing plaque. So just get one with fluoride and one that you like the taste, so it makes it easier for you to brush. -Dr. Thorson
Tooth paste manufacturers if asked would likely tell you that the contents of most packages tooth paste products are nearly identical. The reason most are labelled differently such as night time use, tartar fighting etc is to make it easier for the consumer to have options. There are tooth pastes that are for sensitive teeth which specifically insulate the tubules over time and those work well.
There is no "best toothpaste" they are all effective to an extent.
Brian Stoute
The best toothpaste is one with the ADA seal and contains fluoride. That being said there are preferences for each individual. There are different flavors as well as added extras like teeth whitening. The important thing to remember is to follow a diligent routine. This includes brushing at least 2x per day as well as flossing at least 1x per day.
Any over the counter toothpaste that bears seal of ADA is equally good as any other one. You want to make sure that it contains fluoride to add a cavity protection benefit.