The Best Dentist-Approved Toothpastes

Three packages of toothpasteThe toothpaste aisle always seems to have something new in it, but toothpaste that only clean your teeth are SO old news.

“Companies are trying to cash in on the buzz about how good oral hygiene can help you fend off a host of health problems, including heart disease,” says Kenneth Young, D.D.S., a private-practice dentist in New York. “This has led to increasing specialization in toothpaste.”

So out of all the staggering selections out there, which ones do the dentists recommend the most?

For Total Mouth Health:

Only one brand, Crest Pro-Health ($4), is accepted by the American Dental Association in six categories. It whitens, reduces sensitivity, and helps prevent cavities, gingivitis, plaque, and bad breath. One caveat: Its stannous fluoride can cause tooth staining. If you notice brown spots, alert your dentist, who can easily remove them.