THE BEST TOOTHPASTE! For Whitening, Sensitivity & Gum Disease

Whitening toothpaste is a simple way of getting even more out of the twice-daily habit of brushing your teeth. While you brush away plaque and debris and prevent cavities, with the addition of whitening ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, you can also remove stains from things like drinking coffee, tea, red wine, or even smoking. “Most toothpastes, whether they’re labeled whitening or not, have some kind of a mild abrasive in them to safely remove surface stains from the teeth,” says Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association (ADA).According to Steven Morgano, DMD, the chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, whitening toothpaste will work if you follow the instructions. But don’t expect whitening toothpaste to work miracles—he says toothpaste won’t whiten your teeth lighter than their natural shade; only bleaching (in a professional setting) can do that. To determine the best whitening toothpaste, we spoke to dentists and reviewed dozens of products from the leading oral care brands. We evaluated each toothpaste for its active ingredients, RDA scores, instructions for use, packaging, and price.