Comparing Three Fluoride-Based Dental Products

Fluoride has been recommended for prevention of dental cavity to individual of all ages. In the recent past, reports indicate heightening toothpaste wars in the United States and more and more products are coming into the market. However, these products have been given different ratings depending on their components. In this study, I would recommend three fluoride based toothpaste products based on their recommendation by American Dental Association (ADA) and consumer groups.

Colgate Total

Colgate Total is recommended by most dentists for individuals above the age of 6 years. It is recommended more than any other toothpaste. According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Dental Association (ADA), Colgate Total was the first toothpaste in the market with antibacterial ingredient triclosan, which is effective in fighting gum diseases. Colgate Total contains copolymer, a product that allows triclosan to be active between brushings, even after one has eaten or taken a drink. The products retails for $3.50 for 7.8 oz. This product has been recommended by because it contains triclosan, which is effective for stain removal, abrasiveness and fluoride content. This product can be used by anyone in the office.

This product is manufactured by Colgate Palmolive-

Toms of Maine Natural Antiactivity Baking Soda Fluoride Toothpaste, Peppermint

Toms of Main Antiactivity Baking Soda Fluoride Toothpaste is recommended by ADA. The product is recommended because it contains xylitol, a natural sugar that is proven to combat harmful bacteria instead of feeding them. ADA disapproves products that contain saccharin because it feeds bacterial instead of combating them. Toms of Main product uses calcium carbonates as an abrasive, which means it is less abrasive compared to Colgate Total. However, Toms of Main is less effective in removing stains compared to Colgate Total. Toms of Main is also expensive compared to Colgate Total as it retails for $3.60 for 6 oz. There is not specific protocol that can be followed in the use of the product. It can be used by anyone in the office.

This product is manufactured by Tom’s of Maine –

Sensodyne Pronamel

Unlike Toms of Maine described above, Sensodyne Pronamel does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which according to dentists is important in irrigating gums and mouth lining. According to dentist reviews, SLS-free toothpaste is better for people who are prone to canker sores. Apart from containing fluoride, the product also contain potassium nitrate, an ingredient recommended by dentist for people who have teeth that are sensitive to heath and cold. It is also recommended because it reduces erosion of the tooth enamel caused by acid foods, which can cause sensitivity. However, Sensodyne Pronamel is costly compared to the three brands we have reviewed above. It retails for an estimated $5.50 for 4 oz, which is the highest prices among the three products. On the protocol of use, this product would be used by individuals who have gum sensitivity problems.

This product is manufactured by Sensodyne –


As the toothpaste war ranges on in the market, it is important to make informed brand choice based on recommendations by ADA, government organization like FDA, and consumer research groups. The three brands recommend above have been given green light for their effectiveness. I would therefore recommend them for office use because they have proved effectiveness. Although their prices may vary or may be higher compared to others, they are effective and provide whole protection against bacterial actions.

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