Does your toothpaste make the grade?

Wether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s or beyond – NOW is the time to be kind to your teeth. Inspired by a recent visit to Ieneke Wassenaar a dental hygienist in Tiburon, California, who helped us with our EZ Solutions for Healthy Teeth post, we have a list to share when it comes to choosing your toothpaste.

Why does it matter?  Many toothpastes contain a gritty agent that like sandpaper gets rid of stains and plaque, unfortunately it is also wearing away your enamel, porcelain veneers and crowns.

A toothpaste’s abrasiveness, or RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasion) value, must be determined by the American Dental Association and reported to the FDA for approval of the product. The higher the RDA value, the more abrasive the toothpaste. The ADA recommends using a toothpaste with an RDA value of 250 at the very most, whereas the FDA recommends an RDA value of no more than 200.  In the interest of protecting your enamel for as long as possible, Ieneke Wassenaar says stay as low as possible….think of the limbo..”How low can you go”

The RDA table:
0-70 =low abrasive;
70-100 = medium abrasive,
110-150 = highly abrasive,
150-250 = regarded as harmful limit

Low Abrasive:

(7) Straight Baking Soda, (8) Arm & Hammer Tooth Powder, (35) Arm & Hammer Dental Care, (45) Oxyfresh,(49) Tom’s of Main Sensitive, (49) Arm & Hammer Dental Care, (53) Rembrandt Original (Whitening TP), (53) CLoSYS, (57) Tom’s of Maine Children’s, (68) Colgate Regular (70)  Colgate Total

Medium Abrasive:

(79) Sensodyne – ProNamel, (80) Aim, (83) Colgate Sensitive Max Strength (91) Aquafresh Sensitive, (93) Tom’s of Maine Regular, (95)  Crest Regular

Highly Abrasive:

(103) Mentatent, (106) Sensodyne Extra Whitening, (107) Crest Sensitivity(110) Colgate Herbal, (113) Aquafresh Whitening, (117) Arm & Hammer Tarter Control, (117) Arm & Hammer Advance White Gel, (120) Close-up with Baking Soda, (124) Colgate Whitening, (130) Colgate Extra Whitening, (133)  Ultra Brite, (144) Crest MultiCare Whitening, (145) Colgate Baking Soda Whitening, (150) Pepsodent, (165) Colgate Tarter Control, (200) Colgate 2-in-1 Tarter Control/White, (200) FDA Recommended Limit, (250) FDA Recommended

* RDA info from david l. duke


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