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Everything You Wanted to Know About Toothpaste

The Problem With Toothpaste

While toothpaste is essential for oral health, some

toothpastes can also cause problems. Nearly twenty percent of the population suffers from small painful oral ulcers called canker sores or aphthous ulcers.
Toothpaste Relative Dentin
Enamel Saver 44
Colgate 68
Tom's of Maine 93
Mentadent 103
Crest 106
Colgate Platinum 106
Aquafresh Whitening 113
AIM 185
Close-Up 218

Recent research suggests that a detergent found in 99 percent of all toothpastes called SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) may induce canker sores in twenty percent of the population.

While almost all toothpastes contain SLS, a handful of toothpastes do not. Of these we recommend Enamel Saver Toothpaste. We have found many people dramatically reduce their canker sore attacks by using this toothpaste.

Another common problem associated with toothpastes is tooth sensitivity. Sensitive teeth produce pain or discomfort when exposed to hot or cold foods, liquids, and sweets. Baking soda (found in some toothpastes), as well as, highly salted foods will also cause discomfort in people with sensitive teeth.

Teeth become sensitive when tooth enamel is worn away, exposing the underlying permeable tooth layer, known as dentin.

Many toothpastes are too abrasive and actually strip away tooth enamel which never grows back. In fact, the first thing dentists will do for patients suffering from sensitive teeth is to have them switch to a less abrasive toothpaste. A toothpaste's abrasiveness is measured by its Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA). The table above shows the RDA of some common toothpastes. We suggest that you use toothpastes with the lowest RDA ratings.

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