Four Common Types of Toothpaste

Even if you always stick to the same brand of toothpaste, you’ve likely noticed how many different types are available at your local store. Some toothpastes claim to whiten your teeth, while others are made for sensitive teeth or especially for children. Keep reading to find out more about which type of toothpaste may be best for you.


  • Whitening Toothpaste – This type of toothpaste promises a cosmetic benefit in addition to the health benefits of tooth brushing. These toothpastes may slightly whiten your teeth, but they are no substitute for a professional tooth whitening session from your dentist. These toothpastes can lessen the effects of dental stains from coffee, soda, or tea.
  • Desensitizing Toothpaste – This toothpaste type combats hypersensitivity. Your gums may recede as you age which can expose the root surface of some teeth and result in pain or hypersensitivity. This can make it difficult to eat or drink hot or cold foods. Desensitizing toothpaste can help to ease the pain.
  • Children’s Toothpaste – One of the main differences is that toothpaste for children has less fluoride so they don’t accidentally ingest too much. Toothpaste for kids uses fewer abrasives because young teeth are more sensitive than adult teeth. Children’s toothpaste may be sweeter so it tastes good which makes kids want to brush.
  • Natural Toothpaste – This type of toothpaste has become more popular in recent years due to the push of using natural ingredients that are supposedly better for you. Some of them don’t contain fluoride which most dentists recommend you use. These toothpastes use more natural ingredients including seaweed extract or essential oil of ginger, but many claims they make have not yet been proven.

If you aren’t sure which type of toothpaste is best for your teeth, ask your dentist during your next visit. Schedule an appointment with Tribeca Dental Studio by calling 212-561-5303.