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Toothpastes can help prevent cavities, reduce tooth sensitivity, and clean and whiten teeth, but there are benefits and risk associated with the ingredients used to accomplish these goals. In this article, we discuss which ingredients you may want in your toothpaste and which you may want to avoid.

Sign in as a ConsumerLab member for the details, with examples of toothpastes such as Colgate Tartar Control and Colgate Total, Crest Regular and Crest White Vivid, Arm & Hammer Dental Care, Sensodyne ProNamel, Rembrant Plus, Kinder Karex, X-Pur Remin, Risewell toothpastes, Boka toothpastes, Tom's of Maine toothpastes, Redmond Earthpaste products, and others and covering anticavity agents (fluoride), desensitizing agents (such as potassium nitrate, calcium sodium phosphosilicate, hydroxyapatite, stannous fluoride or strontium), abrasive agents (such as baking soda, charcoal, calcium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, hydrated aluminum oxides, magnesium carbonate, phosphate salts and silicates), whitening agents (peroxides), tartar-control agents, flavoring agents (such as xylitol and sugar) and the safety and effectiveness of "natural" toothpastes.

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