How Abrasive is Your Toothpaste?

aggressive-brushingThere are abrasives in most whitening toothpastes. Abrasives scrub stains away similar to the way you would scrub a dish clean. But high-abrasive toothpastes can wear away the enamel on your teeth over time. This can expose the softer layer of dentin underneath, leading to dentin sensitivity, also called tooth sensitivity.

Many whitening toothpastes also contain chemicals that remove surface stains from your teeth. Some whitening toothpastes also contain ingredients that bleach your teeth every time you use them.

If you are among the tens of millions of American adults who suffer from sensitive teeth, you don’t have to choose between sensitivity relief and whiter teeth. Look for a toothpaste with low-abrasivity that also offers whitening. Pick a solution that will clean and protect your teeth from sensitivity.  Check below to see where your toothpaste ranks.

In addition to picking the right toothpaste, it is important to remember to not brush too hard, as that can also wear down the enamel on your teeth, causing tooth sensitivity.  Select a soft bristled toothbrush, and be aware of how much pressure you use to brush.  Better yet, try an electric tooth brush, such as the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum, that has a pressure sensor that let’s you know when you’re brushing too hard.

If you’re not sure which toothpaste or tooth brush is best for you, you can call our office to discuss your options, or ask one of our doctors or hygienists next time you’re in the office.

Relative dentin abrasivity (RDA) is a measurement of the abrasive effect that the components of the toothpaste have on the tooth, particularly on enamel and dentin.  The higher the RDA value, the more abrasive the toothpaste.


Other Popular Toothpastes:

Toothpaste                                       Value

Sensodyne True White                  10

Prevident 5000 Booster                75

Opalesence Whitening                  90

Colgate Optic White                       110


Don’t Wait to Get the Care You Need


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For dental procedure financing

Think of CareCredit as your own health, wellness and beauty credit card.  Whether it’s oral surgery, getting a crown or a general check up, you shouldn’t have to worry about how to get the procedures you want. That’s why we’re pleased to accept the CareCredit health, wellness and beauty credit card.  CareCredit lets you say “Yes” to recommended surgical and non-surgical dental procedures, and pay for them in convenient monthly payments that fit your financial situation.

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Learn more by visiting or contacting our office. Ready to apply? Apply online for your CareCredit healthcare credit card today.


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