Shopping around for the best toothpaste? If you are, you've probably noticed that in spite of the wide range of prices, toothpastes seem to contain the same ingredients and do the same things. The high-visibility manufacturers are all busy introducing as many varieties of their product as possible in an attempt to capture a larger share of the market. If you believed all the commercials on TV, you'd be using 4 or 5 different products, and you still would not have found the one that's best for you.
So how do you determine which one's the best?
Although it may actually be impossible to determine a clear frontrunner among commercially-available products, there are a number of factors to consider when making your decision.
In order for a toothpaste to stake a claim to being the best, the first requirement is that it should be free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS is actually a soap used as a dispersant for mixing oil-based and water-based ingredients. At least that's what the commercial manufacturers will tell you. The truth is that SLS is used for its foaming action. In other words, it's included to make you feel like the product you're using is really doing something.
Another requirement is that it be rich in oxygen so that it can control the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath. Brushing away food particles is not enough to control odors in the mouth. Controlling anaerobic bacteria is the key, and doing so requires oxygen in a form capable of penetrating the places inhabited by anaerobic bacteria.
The best toothpaste should also be non-abrasive. An abrasive product can damage the enamel coating on your teeth, leading to further tooth decay. It can also damage your gums.
It should provide a healing agent such as whole leaf aloe vera to strengthen weak and swollen gums so that they heal more quickly. Bleeding gums are an excellent source of protein-rich food on which the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath can feed.
Finally, it should be a gel rather than a paste. The molecules in a gel are much smaller than those in a paste. The smaller molecules allow better penetration into the surface of the tongue.
Based on these requirements,
is my pick for the best toothpaste. It cleans my teeth safely and
effectively, promotes needed healing, and eliminates bad breath. It's
also available in regular strength, extra strength, and whitening
varieties. Who could ask for anything more?