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 (janinatoothpaste.com $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 (Luckyvitamin.com $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
106 Colgate Platinum
108 Crest Cavity Protection Regular
108 Kid’s Crest
109 Crest Advanced Whitening
165 Colgate Tartar Control
200 Colgate 2-in-1 Tartar Control/White
0-50 = low abrasive
50-100 = medium abrasive
100 – 150 = highly abrasive
150-250 = regarded as
Dr. Evan Coravos, D.M.D.
75 Arcand Drive
Lowell, MA 01852