Are the different varieties of toothpaste really all that varied?
February 10, 2009 7:37 PM Subscribe
The major toothpaste brands offer either cavity protection OR tartar control...do I really have to pick one feature and sacrifice the other?
posted by wondercow to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I ran out of toothpaste yesterday and headed to the drugstore, where I found myself with way too many options for toothpaste. Both of the major C brands (Colgate and Crest) have about 10 different types each, most of which seem to be some variation on a whitening formula. Not being overly concerned with this, my eyes moved to the bottom shelf where prices were a little lower and the claims on the box were a little more basic. Both Crest and Colgate offer a "cavity protection" toothpaste as well as a "tartar control" formula. Is there really any difference between these (besides flavor)? Am I sacrificing my toothpaste's ability to control tartar if I pick the cavity protection one, or vice versa? Do I honestly have to pick only one method for protecting my teeth without splurging for the cavity protection/tartar control/whitening/fluoride rinse/mouthwash/denture cream/laser cleaning toothpaste on the top shelf?