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5 tips to choosing toothpaste

Filling The Gap In Dentistry

Author: Dr Rita Trakhtman, cosmetic dentist, East St Kilda

There are so many types of toothpastes on the market. It can sometimes be confusing as to which one is the most suitable one for your individual needs. Does it matter which one you use? Yes. Everyone has different needs and health issues, so here are 5 tips to choosing the right toothpaste for YOU.


TIP #1 Do not use whitening toothpaste 

Highly abrasive toothpastes such as whitening toothpastes increase the risk of toothbrush abrasion, and are designed to remove your enamel pellicle (a protein skin on your teeth – that also tends to collect stains) which is a defence against acids.

– Reference: Acid resistance of human enamel by brushing with and without abrasive dentifrice.J Biol Buccale. 1992 Sep;20(3):175-80.

Please don’t use the whitening toothpastes. I don’t care if your friend Sally uses it and she has bright teeth. Whitening toothpaste is abrasive and removes precious bits of tooth. If you want to lighten your teeth, then bleach them. Bleaching your teeth is safe. Using whitening toothpastes is not good for your teeth. It’s not about money or whether or not it works, it’s about health.


TIP #2 Consider a high fluoride strength toothpaste 

The type of toothpaste to use depends on your diet and if you’ve had cavities in the last 6-12 months. Diet plays a more important role to your risk of getting decay than toothbrushing does. If you have a sweet tooth and if you’ve had a filling in the last 6-12months, I recommend the Neutrafluor5000 toothpaste. You can only get this toothpaste from the pharmacy you won’t find it in our local Coles/ Woolies. Regular, store-bought toothpaste has a strength of 220 (ppm) of fluoride, compared to the Neutrafluor toothpaste, which has a strength of 5000 (ppm) of fluoride.  However, before buying this toothpaste, I urge you to check with your dentist first to see if you need it, as it is quite a strong product and most effective in preventing future cavities.


TIP #3 Regular toothpaste

  • I do not like the new Oral B toothpaste (the blue tube, ‘Pro-Expert’). It’s far too abrasive and whenever I have a patient complaining to me about sensitive teeth, the first question I ask them is if they are using this toothpaste. Don’t use it.
  • Apart from whitening toothpastes and the new Oral B toothpaste, any other toothpaste is great.



#TIP 4 Sensitive teeth

Any sensitive toothpaste is fine. The way to use sensitive toothpaste is to first put the toothpaste around your teeth and leave it on for a good minute. Then begin brushing as per normal.

You can also use it as a cream on any sensitive areas. Smear a pea-size amount on the sensitive areas and leave it in your mouth for as long as possible. Spit out the rest and don’t rinse. Apply it as often as you feel sensitivity, as often as needed.

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#TIP 5 Non-fluoridated toothpaste

To the hippies who don’t want to use fluoridated toothpastes for whatever reason, I am not going to judge you. It’s your body and your mouth and what you chose to do with it is up to you.

I don’t recommend you make your own toothpaste. While I have read about the benefits of coconut oil, tea tree oil, green tea and other ingrediants that have been suggested in preventing cavities and whatever, there is no scientific evidence that they actually work. Hence, please be aware that you’re entering into merky waters if you’re loyal to these claims.

I can recommend a brilliant toothpaste that does not contain fluoride. ToothMousse, an amazing product, works differently to store-bought toothpastes. Its active ingredient is a natural milk protein called casein. Casein is found in cheese, milk and all other diary products.

Note: Toothmousse has no fluoride, Toothmousse PLUS does have fluoride. You can’t get it from the supermaker or health food shops. You can only get ToothMousse from the dentist. Price range is between $25-$30 per tube.



If mint flavour bores you, there are always these options 🙂



Author: Dr Rita Trakhtman, cosmetic dentist, East St Kilda



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