Colgate Total
Colgate Total

Best toothpaste overall

Experts recommend Colgate Total more often than any other toothpaste. According to both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA), this was the first toothpaste on the market to include the antibacterial ingredient triclosan, which has been proven effective for fighting gum disease (gingivitis). Total contains a copolymer that allows triclosan to remain active between brushings, even after you eat or drink. Colgate Total is not recommended for kids under six years old, since its antibacterial properties have not been tested for young children.
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*Est. $3.50 for 7.8 oz. Estimated Price
Ultra brite Advanced Whitening
Ultra brite Advanced Whitening

Best stain removal

In a major comparison review, this budget toothpaste beat out 40 other brands for stain removal, but Ultra brite doesn't carry the ADA seal. It does contain fluoride plus a tartar-control ingredient, but not triclosan or the copolymer that makes cavity protection last between meals. Ultra brite is also more abrasive than Colgate (thought it is manufactured by Colgate), and some dentists warn that with aggressive brushing, highly abrasive toothpastes can wear down tooth enamel. This toothpaste is approved for kids older than two years of age.
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Toms of Maine Natural Anticavity Baking Soda Fluoride Toothpaste, Peppermint
Toms of Maine Natural Anticavity Baking Soda Fluoride Toothpaste, Peppermint

Natural toothpaste

This ADA-approved toothpaste contains no saccharin, sweetened instead with xylitol, a natural sugar proven to combat harmful bacteria instead of feeding them. This toothpaste uses calcium carbonate as the abrasive, so it is also much less abrasive than Colgate Total or Ultra brite, but doesn't remove stains as well.
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Sensodyne Pronamel
Sensodyne Pronamel

Toothpaste for sensitive teeth and mouths

Unlike the toothpastes above, Sensodyne Pronamel contains no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) that dentists say can irritate gums and the lining of the mouth. Reviews say SLS-free toothpastes are also better for people prone to canker sores. In addition to fluoride, this toothpaste contains potassium nitrate, an ingredient dentists recommend for people with teeth extra sensitive to heat and cold. It also minimizes erosion of tooth enamel caused by acid foods, which can lead to sensitivity.
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