Which toothpaste?

Choosing a toothbrush is easy - either electric with a small round head or manual with soft bristles - shape is unimportant. Which toothpaste to use is much more confusing.

Ordinary toothpaste

For use by most people - it contains fluoride (1000-1500 parts per million) and comes in a variety of flavours. They are all much the same so just find one that tastes good to you.

Whitening toothpastes

A very mild whitening effect is seen with toothpastes that contain peroxide. Generally whitening toothpastes will remove surface staining only- exactly what ordinary toothpaste does.

Desensitising toothpaste

Good for those teeth easily irritated by cold. The longer the toothpaste is in contact with the sensitive area the more effective it is. Try brushing your teeth with ordinary toothpaste, spit it out, then use your finger to apply a tiny bit of desensitizing toothpaste to the problem area and walk away. Desensitizing toothpastes are all much the same so again, go with the nicest flavour

Children’s toothpaste

These contain less fluoride (500 parts per million) as there is a danger of children eating the toothpaste.

Tartar control toothpaste

These do actually work to prevent/lessen the build up of tartar on the teeth, but if you don’t like the taste or price stick with ordinary toothpaste.

Herbal toothpaste

Usually don’t contain fluoride so we do not recommend them.


No benefit except for those unable to brush at all - do not use!

Chemist or Dentist only toothpastes

High dose fluoride toothpaste- these are behind the counter at the chemist. They have a much higher fluoride level (5000ppm) so need to be kept away from children. We recommend these for patients at high risk of decay.

Tooth Mousse- amazing product that can rebuild the minerals in softened tooth enamel- such as early decay or for use by patients with acidic mouth chemistry where the enamel is under constant attack. Expensive stuff- used by smearing a thin layer onto the teeth with your finger just before bed.

Biotene toothpaste- particularly formulated for dry mouths as it contains no foaming agents that can irritate some patients. Has a strange feel and is expensive but very useful.

REMEMBER: Use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, don’t fill the brush .

Brush for two minutes if you can, then spit out the excess paste but do not rinse.

This lets the fluoride sit on the teeth for a little longer, helping protect you from decay.


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