By now, you've heard plenty of dentists spout the importance of keeping a consistent oral hygiene routine. But just as important as brushing your teeth twice a day, is brushing with the right toothpaste. And for many (read: most) people, that means using one of the best fluoride toothpastes.
But, first, some background. There are three types of FDA-approved fluorides to prevent tooth decay: stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, and sodium monofluorophosphate. Stannous fluoride has been in use since the 1950's and can protect against gingivitis, plaque, and tooth sensitivity. But it can also stain your teeth, which is why until recent years, it had fallen out of favor. Most modern toothpastes contain sodium fluoride or sodium monofluorophosphate, however unlike stannous fluoride, these fluorides only provide cavity protection.
But there is more the toothpaste than just fluoride. Whether you want a formula with whitening power or one that is gluten-free, there are options for a variety of oral hygiene needs. To help you find the right one for you, I've done the research and outlined the best fluoride toothpastes, below. Keep scrolling — you're one step closer to a healthy, cavity-free smile.
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