What Kind Of Toothpaste Should You Use?

There are dozens of different kinds of toothpastes on the market these days. Choosing which one to use is a matter of personal taste, personal dental health condition, and effectiveness. Here are some of the choices you have regarding ingredients and style.

Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride has been added to commercially available toothpaste since 1914. It has since gained trust by the American Dental Association as being effective against tooth decay; so much so, in fact, that fluoride is added to drinking water in the majority of municipalities across the country.

Recently, fluoride has come under fire by some groups and individuals, who claim that the cons of fluoride outweigh the benefits. Fluoride is blamed by activists for things like bone cancer, as well as poor thyroid function, among other things.

To serve those who don't want fluoride in their toothpaste, there are now commercial brands of toothpaste that are fluoride-free. These brands are clearly labeled as such. Most dentists still recommend getting some kind of fluoride, so if you do choose fluoride-free toothpaste, consult your dentist.

Gel Versus Paste

Technically, some tooth cleaners that call themselves pastes are actually gels. These are by well-recognized tooth cleaner brands that want to offer both options to their customers.

Some people enjoy the minty aftertaste that a gel toothpaste leaves in the mouth. Others prefer the texture of a paste. Your choice to use gel or paste is more a personal one than a health one. Gels and pastes work equally well in doing the job for which they are designed.


Triclosan is an antibacterial agent frequently added to toothpaste to help prevent gingivitis and the formation of cavities. While the FDA doesn't consider triclosan an ingredient that is harmful to humans, some scientific studies have shown that triclosan might influence human hormones, and that it might be part of the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. As such, people who make it a point to avoid chemicals don't want triclosan in their toothpaste.

If you prefer that your toothpaste not have triclosan in it, there are plenty of brands that advertise their triclosan-free formulation. Before you buy, however, look for other natural ingredients in the formulation that help to replace this antibacterial agent, such as oregano oil or coconut oil.

There are many recipes online for making your own homemade toothpaste, but with so many commercial varieties available that cater to people's different preferences, you're sure to find something off the shelf that will suit your needs.

For more help, consult a dental office such as Sante Dental.