Monday, April 22, 2013

Low Abrasive Toothpaste

The Best Gift for Your Gums:  Low Abrasion Toothpaste

Like many of us, I remember using powdered cleanser to clean the sinks and tubs at home when I was a kid.  Now, I prefer a soft scrub product, because I don’t want scratches on the porcelain.
The same thinking applies to our teeth and gums.  Why use a gritty, abrasive product when there are other options that will be so much kinder to your mouth?
Highly abrasive toothpaste increases the wear and tear on your tooth enamel.  The enamel is the protective layer that keeps your teeth healthy and resistant to decay and sensitivity.
Our gums also suffer from the effects of highly abrasive toothpaste. Over time they may receed or get notched near the gumline, exposing the softer, weaker layer of dentin under the gums.  The dentin has less defense against the bacteria that promote decay.  Without the protective layer of enamel, our teeth can also become increasingly sensitive, especially to cold. 
We see the effects of highly abrasive toothpaste every day in our practice.  Often, we see gum recession in our older patients, but also in our patients of all ages who practice (ironically enough) very good dental hygiene.  Sometimes these patients brush several times per day, and while that is commendable, it can be doing unintentional damage if the toothpaste is highly abrasive.
At our office, we make every effort to communicate with you and to offer thorough, professional and honest care.  Our proficient, caring dental staff will talk with you about what type of toothpaste you use, and will suggest lower-abrasion products that will still do a great job with your dental hygiene – but inflict less damage in the process.
Take a look at the following list of toothpastes.  The “RDA” value stands for the Relative Dentin Abrasivity index.  The lower the RDA value, the lower the abrasion potential of the toothpaste, and the easier it is on your tooth enamel and gum tissue.  At our practice we recommend any product with an RDA less than 50.

                        Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) for Toothpaste

RDA Value    Toothpaste

4                 Toothbrush with plain water
7                 Plain Baking Soda
26                A & H Peroxicare Tartar Control
28                Janina Opale Whitening Toothpaste ( $27.45 includes S&H)
30                A & H Dental Care Toothpaste
30-40           Pronamel (Sensodyne)
33                A & H Regular Toothpaste
42                A & H Advanced White Baking Soda Peroxide
44                Squigle Enamel Saver ( $6.68 plus S & H)
46                A & H Peroxicare without Tartar Control
48                A & H Dental Care Sensitive
49                Tom’s of Maine Sensitive
51                Crest Plus Scope Whitening GREEN GEL
53                Rembrandt Original
57                Tom’s of Maine Children’s
62                Control RX (available at our office $32.00 for a six month supply)
68                Colgate Regular     
68                A & H Dental Tartar Control Gel
70                Colgate Total
70                Colgate 2 in 1 Fresh Mint
80                Close Up
83                Colgate Sensitive Maximum Strength
91                Aquafresh Whitening        
93                Tom’s of Maine Regular
103              Mentadent
106              Colgate Platinum
108              Crest Cavity Protection Regular
108              Kid’s Crest
109              Crest Advanced Whitening
150              Pepsodent
165              Colgate Tartar Control
200              Colgate 2-in-1 Tartar Control/White

RDA table:

0-50 = low abrasive
50-100 = medium abrasive
100 – 150 = highly abrasive
150-250 = regarded as  
                harmful limit

Dr. Evan Coravos, D.M.D.
75 Arcand Drive
Lowell, MA 01852


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  3. Thanks for your review about low abrasive toothpaste. i am using Colgate Optic White Platinum. It's ships in a nice designed package, but that is probably not why you will buy it. It is also a great toothpaste that helps to protect against cavities and strengthens the enamel. This toothpaste has also been proven, in clinical trials, to whiten the teeth when used appropriately.

  4. What toothpaste would I use for porcelain crowns