The Best Toothpastes

Real Simple

Brush up on what you brush with: Of 44 tubes tested, these squeezed out the others.

Tom Schierlitz

BEST FOAM

Aquafresh Iso-Active Whitening Fresh Impact

This gel's plentiful bubbles froth up when they hit your tongue and penetrate deep between teeth, leaving behind a well-scrubbed feel.

Suggested retail price: $4

 

 

Tom Schierlitz

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BEST INNOVATION

Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster Plus With Enamel Strengthening

If you already have a toothpaste that you love, top it with this liquid-calcium concentrate. It lightens stains and can help fill in tiny cracks.

Suggested retail price: $5.50


Tom Schierlitz

BEST OVERALL

Colgate Total Enamel Strength

The gel-paste hybrid keeps your mouth feeling clean and fights germs for 12 hours. Plus, it protects enamel from acids found in foods and drinks.

Suggested retail price: $3.50

 

 

Tom Schierlitz

PRO'S HEALING PICK

Tom's of Maine Clean & Gentle Care

"It soothes bitten cheeks, sore gums, and even an achy throat with licorice root," says New York City periodontist Greg Diamond.

Suggested retail price: $5, tomsofmaine.com 

 

 

Tom Schierlitz

BEST BOTANICAL

Burt's Bees Fluoride-Free Natural Whitening Toothpaste

This herbal wonder fights plaque with cranberry extract, polishes with silica, and it contains no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.

Suggested retail price: $5, burtsbees.com

 

 

Tom Schierlitz

BEST WHITENING

Luster White 7 Toothpaste

With—you guessed it—seven polishing agents, including bamboo, silica, and peroxide, this stain blaster can brighten teeth in one week. Testers loved its mild, sweet flavor, too.

Suggested retail price: $7, lusterpremiumwhite.com


 

Tom Schierlitz

BEST FOR SENSITIVE TEETH

Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Shield

It forms an imperceptible barrier around teeth to calm delicate nerves that are agitated by pain triggers, like hot and cold drinks.

Suggested retail price: $3


 

 

Tom Schierlitz

BEST ON-THE-GO

Supersmile Quikee

Squirt a dollop of this no-rinse paste onto your tongue, then run your tongue over your teeth to fade stains with calcium peroxide and freshen breath in an instant.

Suggested retail price: $6, supersmile.com 

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