What is the best toothpaste for you? With dozens of toothpaste varieties these days, you may feel overwhelmed by the types available at your grocery store or pharmacy.
The answer is that there’s no single best toothpaste on the market. What you will find are different varieties to suit your individual needs and tastes.
Just remember, the best toothpaste brand for you is the one which is both appealing to you and is effective at helping to prevent any dental issues you might have or wish to prevent.
Today, there are toothpastes to meet the oral care needs of virtually everybody including those that help prevent plaque, gum problems, cavities, enamel wear, and bad breath.
In addition, there are toothpastes that are formulated to relieve sensitivity pain, as well as specialty toothpaste for cosmetic concerns like whitening.
Many toothpastes offer specific benefits in addition to cleaning teeth, or sometimes even feature a combination of benefits, such as whitening and tartar control.
Be sure to read the toothpaste packaging carefully to make sure you’re purchasing the right one for your unique needs.
Benefits of Specialty Toothpastes
Antimicrobial: Antimicrobial toothpastes may contain stannous fluoride, an effective antibacterial agent that provides anti-cavity and sensitivity benefits in addition to cleaning teeth.
If you use the brand your dental professional recommends, there is a high chance that it will be antimicrobial.
Tartar control: Tartar-control toothpastes may contain pyrophosphate, which helps to keep tartar from forming on teeth. An even more effective ingredient is sodium hexametaphosphate, which is highly effective in helping to prevent tartar and stains.
If you already have stubborn tartar, however, tartar control toothpaste won’t remove it. In that case, you’ll need a professional cleaning from your dental professional.
Others: There are many other toothpastes available including pastes that help treat sensitive teeth, enhance whitening, provide fresh breath, or that are designed for kids.
One of Oral-B’s most recommended toothpastes is Oral-B Pro-Expert, a fluoride and antimicrobial toothpaste that is clinically proven to protect all the areas dentists check most. Many Oral-B toothpastes including the Oral-B Pro-Expert contain Stannous Fluoride Complex, consisting of stannous fluoride and Active Clean polyphosphate crystals to provide a unique cleaning sensation that you can actually feel working.
Types of Oral-B Pro-Expert
There are four different types of Oral-B Pro-Expert on the market:
All these versions contain very similar key ingredients and are only really differentiated by the coloring that has been added and the flavoring. As a general rule, I would stay away from any toothpaste that says “white” or “whitening” on it as they tend to be more abrasive.
In this article, we will be reviewing the most popular version; professional protection.
1) Cavity Protection
Fluoride protects against cavities by increasing the strength of the hardest substance in the body, enamel. Enamel is mainly formed of a compound known as calcium hydroxyapatite.
When fluoride is rubbed onto the teeth some of the fluoride ions replace the calcium ions resulting in a more resilient enamel. Fluoride secondly also destroys cavity-forming bacteria by reducing its ability to grow.
Oral-B Pro-Expert toothpaste has the maximum recommended daily concentration of fluoride 1450 parts per million (ppm) so provides maximum protection against cavities. One of the main reasons Oral-B Pro-Expert took so long to develop was because of the stannous fluoride.
It is a mixture of stannous fluoride and sodium fluoride that brings the fluoride concentration up to the magical 1450ppm.
2) Gum Protection
Oral-B Pro-Expert contains stabilised stannous fluoride which provides protection against gum disease. This is because stannous fluoride has antibacterial properties that help it fight against bacteria that cause gum disease. Oral-B Pro-Expert also contains polyphosphate which helps protect against the formation of tartar.
Although tartar does not directly cause gum disease, tartar, if left on the teeth, increases the likeliness of plaque formation which in turn can lead to gum disease.
The Oral-B Pro-Expert toothpaste protects against gum disease by reducing the amount of plaque and tartar formation. There is some argument amongst experts as to whether Triclosan (an ingredient found in Colgate total) protects against gum disease better than Stannous Fluoride.
Arguments aside, the Oral-B Pro-Expert will protect against gum disease better than regular toothpastes that do not contain stannous fluoride.
3) Sensitivity: Oral-B Pro-Expert
Dentine is found just underneath the enamel of the tooth. It contains tubes that run from the enamel to the nerve so when the enamel is removed, it allows stimulus particularly cold to travel straight to the nerve.
Stannous fluoride closes these tubes by a process known as remineralisation which blocks these tubes. Although not particularly advertised as a “sensitive” toothpaste, there is evidence that shows that stannous fluoride works as well as potassium nitrate found in Sensodyne products.
If you have particularly sensitive teeth, try some of the “sensitive” toothpastes that are out there such as Colgate pro-sensitive relief or Sensodyne repair and protect first. If those do not work then I would try the Oral-B Pro-Expert as a backup.
4) Enamel loss: Oral-B Pro-Expert
Putting the Oral-B Pro-Expert toothpaste on your finger, you can really feel a grittiness to it. This is actually crystals of sodium hexametaphosphate which are used to fight against tartar. This gritiness actually disappears after 20 to 30 seconds as the sodium hexametaphosphate dissolves. However despite this the abrasiveness score is still 117 Relative Dentine Abrasion (RDA) which puts it in the highly abrasive category.
RDA can be categorized as follows:
|0-70||Low Abrasive toothpaste|
|71-100||Medium Abrasive toothpaste|
|151-250||Regarded as Harmful limit|
|200||FDA limit (Food & Drug Administration US)|
This is how the Oral-B Pro-Expert compares with some of its competitors:
|Relative Dentine Abrasiveness (RDA)||Toothpaste Name|
|4||Toothbrush with plain water|
|34||Pronamel by Sensodyne|
|104||Sensodyne Extra Whitening|
|142||Colgate total whitening|
As you can see the Oral-B Pro-Expert is actually similar in abrasiveness to some whitening toothpastes. Whitening toothpastes are in general quite abrasive and should be avoided.
5) Taste and breath
Taste is really quite a personal thing. The Oral-B Pro-Expert is a strong minty taste that I must admit I personally really do like. The taste could almost be described as cinnamon. It is highly refreshing and smells gorgeous. My colleagues have found the taste some what strong so it is a rather mixed response. Your breath does smell wonderful afterwards and the Stannous fluoride destroys the bad-breath producing bacteria which means fresh breath for longer.
6) Value for money