The 3 Best Toothpastes For Gums

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Studies have shown that half of all adult Americans may suffer from gum disease. So if you've finally come around to one of the best toothpaste for gums, you'll be happy to know there are plenty of great choices that fight gingivitis, aka inflammation of the gums. But, what do doctors recommend?

According to dentist Dr. Lee Gause, founder of Smile Design Manhattan, the ingredients you find in toothpaste vary greatly, in particular because different people need different things. His recommendation? "Someone with a family predisposition to gum disease may want something with stannous fluoride."

If you're not familiar, stannous fluoride is a type of fluoride, a mineral often found in toothpaste or tap water, with anti-bacterial properties. This means it fights against gum disease and protects against cavities. But, it does have a drawback. People who use the ingredient may find themselves more prone to tooth stains.

And, while fluorides are considered generally safe to consume, holistically-oriented people may be concerned about the effect of long-term exposure and prefer to skip it all together. If that describes you, you can find a fluoride-free toothpaste that's still beneficial for gums.

However, it’s important, says Dr. Gause, to consult with your dentist to find out what toothpaste may work best for your individual needs. For serious cases of periodontitis, for example, you may want to consider a prescription-only toothpaste.

This is a lot to consider, so to help you out these are the best toothpaste for gums you can buy over the counter.

1. Overall Best: Parodontax Clean Mint Toothpaste

What makes Parodontax's toothpaste so effective is the key ingredient stannous fluoride. Unlike the more commonly found sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride is clinically proven to be 40 percent more effective at reducing bleeding gums, which is often the first sign of gum disease. According to some of the product's rave Amazon reviewers, using Parodontax toothpaste has helped heal or reduce their gum inflammation significantly. One fan gushes, "Gave it a try. So glad that I did. My gums are much healthier. Works better than any other product I have tried for this."

And if reviewers and ingredients don't convince you, rest assured Paradontax is a company that specializes in toothpaste for gum disease and gingivitis. They even make a few different options specifically designed to fight it, including extra fresh and the clean mint option above.

Enthusiastic Amazon review: "This is quite possibly the greatest toothpaste I've ever used. I've had problems with my gums since I was a kid, and no amount of flossing or mouthwash would do the trick. Although I was skeptical the first few weeks with minimal progress, after a month of consistent use, the bleeding stopped completely. I would highly recommend this to others that are at high risk for gingivitis."

2. Best Whitening Toothpaste For Gums: Colgate Total Whitening Gel

Like Parodontax, Colgate Total gel toothpaste uses stannous fluoride to fight the bacteria that cause gum inflammation and bleeding. But it also has whitening properties that help remove and prevent stains — especially important for those who want the benefits of using stannous fluoride but are concerned about the potential risk of teeth staining. Colgate Total addresses a whole host of concerns, including plaque, tartar, gingivitis, weakened maintenance, bad breath, and even sensitivity, but it does so without costing an arm and a leg. This two-pack will only set you back about $5.

Enthusiastic Amazon review: "Since hitting middle-age my gums have bled a little more readily than they used to, particularly during teeth cleanings. The hygienist suggested I switch to stannous fluoride versus sodium fluoride to help remedy the problem. The brand she recommended worked quite well, but it was awfully high priced. After comparing many toothpaste labels, I’ve discovered Colgate Total Whitening gel is an effective substitute at a more affordable price. It has the same active ingredient (0.454% stannous fluoride) and performs very well as an anticaries, antimicrobial and antihypersensitivity toothpaste. I like the clean flavor, but more important, bleeding gums are no longer an issue."

3. Best Fluoride-Free Toothpaste For Gums: JASON Healthy Mouth Tartar Control Toothpaste

While there are many natural toothpastes on the market, there aren't many that also claim to improve gum health. That's what makes this JASON toothpaste unique. It utilizes ingredients like tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract to reduce plaque and fight gum disease without using fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, saccharin, parabens, phthalates, or sulfates. Instead, it contains aloe vera, which is thought to help reduce gum inflammation, as well as other botanical oils. This toothpaste is also cinnamon-flavored, so if you're not a fan of mint and want a toothpaste made with natural ingredients, this is the one for you.

Enthusiastic Amazon review: "Had my semi annual dentist visit in Dec. after using this type of toothpaste by Jason. I told the dental hygienist that I was sort of lazy the past 6 months and hoped that she didn't have to work too hard on my teeth. She asked me what I was doing the last 6 months because gums looked very healthy and teeth had little plaque on them. I told her I changed toothpaste over to Jason Tea tree. She was very impressed [...] I'm going to continue using the Jason tea tree toothpaste because I'm getting such good results"

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Dr. Lee Gause, dentist and founder of Smile Design Manhattan

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