How to choose a toothpaste for an electric toothbrush

An electric toothbrush is many times more effective than a manual toothbrush – it’s easier to brush and does more brushing per minute than we can imagine.

We write all the time about not choosing stiff brushes and brushing hard on your teeth for safe use. This text will tell you how to choose the right toothpaste for use with an electric toothbrush.

Choose non-abrasive toothpastes with an RDA of less than 70

Abrasives (hard substances that grind the surface of the teeth) are added to toothpastes to remove plaque better. RDA (or Relative Dentin Abrasion) is an index that shows how intensely a toothpaste affects enamel.

Depending on the level of RDA in toothpaste you can choose it for a specific purpose: whitening, cleaning of sensitive teeth, or usual brushing.

An electric toothbrush is more aggressive on your teeth and gums than a manual toothbrush, and an abrasive toothpaste paired with one will damage your enamel. Choose a toothpaste with an RDA below 70.

Toothpastes with a low RDA index

Choose toothpastes without SLS

SLS (or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is a substance that dissolves grease and cleans surfaces while forming a thick foam. It is added to most household cleaning products, as well as to cosmetics and toothpastes.

While in the first case the component effectively fights contaminants, in the second case it can be harmful to health. SLS in toothpaste oxidizes and forms a film on mucous membranes that can cause

rash;

redness;

irritation;

peeling;

allergies;

ulcers.

If the possible side effects do not confuse you, you can say about a simple inconvenience. When brushing your teeth, an electric toothbrush whips saliva and toothpaste into a homogeneous, foamy mixture. So if you use a toothpaste with SLS, there is so much foam in your mouth that you have to spit it out all the time, which is uncomfortable.

Toothpastes without SLS

Pay attention to the Sonic Friendly label

Some toothpastes may be labeled Sonic Friendly as a hint. This means the toothpaste is suitable for use with an electric toothbrush. The mark does not determine the quality of the toothpaste, but only a hint.

The toothpaste enhances the action of the brush

In addition to the standard brushing mode, electric brushes have modes and attachments for specific tasks – sensitive teeth, gums, whitening, etc.

It’s the same with toothpastes. If you choose a toothpaste for a specific task and match the brush to the appropriate mode and brush head, you can get the best results.