Toothpaste is an essential part of everyone’s daily routine but with so many to choose from its hard to figure out what suits you best. We have developed a list of toothpastes and their benefits to help make choosing a toothpaste a little easier.
Our top pick is a toothpaste containing fluoride. Most conventional toothpaste contains an approved amount of fluoride, which helps to strengthen the enamel, and reduce the risk of tooth decay. The fluoride content is different for adults and children so depending on your household, you may need more then one toothpaste.
For the average adult we recommend toothpaste which contains 1000ppm fluoride to protect against tooth decay. This is the standard amount in most conventional toothpastes.
Some examples of these include:
- Colgate Total,
- Oral-B Pro-Health,
- Macleans Multi Action
- Woolworths Homebrand with fluoride
For children we recommend a toothpaste with a lower fluoride, these usually contain 500ppm fluoride. Children toothpaste usually has an age indication on the box, some great kids toothpaste include:
- Macleans Milk teeth – for children 0-3 years
- Macleans Little teeth – for children 4-7 years
- Macleans Big teeth – for children 7+
- Colgate My first – for children up the age of 6
- Colgate Dora the Explorer – for children aged 2-6 years
- Colgate Spider-Man – for children aged 6+
Acid Protection Toothpaste
If your dental professional has discussed acid wear on the enamel of your teeth, there are a few toothpastes on the market to help reduce this from progressing. These can help those who have had a high amount of acidity in their diet, people who have a high sugar diet, those who suffer from reflux or for anyone who has acid wear on their enamel but haven’t gotten to bottom of it just yet. Some acid protecting toothpaste include:
- Colgate Maximun Cavity Protection plus Sugar Acid Neutraliser (This also comes in a junior toothpaste for 6+ years)
- Macleans Multi Action with Sugar Acid Protection
If you suffer for tooth sensitivity when eating cold foods and drinks a sensitive toothpaste might help give you some relief. There are a range on products available. Our top picks include:
- Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief
We also recommend using this toothpaste topically, this means rubbing it on the teeth which are sensitive and leaving in on for as long as possible to get the full effect.
We commonly do not recommend to use toothpaste that does not contain fluoride but for those who have an allergy to fluoride or have decided to attempt to remove fluoride from their life or looking for a vegan alternative, there are toothpastes on the market which do not contain fluoride, we recommend:
- Grants – containing xylitol
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Free Toothpaste
For those who have an allergy or sensitivity to SLS, there are toothpastes on the market which do not contain SLS but do still have the added benefit of fluoride. These include:
- Sensodyne True White – Fluoride. No SLS
- Sensodyne ProNamel – Fluoride. No SLS
- Grants – No SLS. No Fluoride.