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How abrasive is your toothpaste? Below is a list of some common toothpastes. The higher the RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasivity) number the more sensitivity your teeth will experience. If you are having sensitivity, change to a sensitive toothpaste without whitening.


RDA ValuesToothpaste Brand and VarietySource
0 non-alcoholic mouthrinse (Biotene PBF(*Green Label), Act II Anticavity, Crest Pro-Health Complete, Oasis, Listerine Zero, Peridex, Peroxyl and water) Church & Dwight
7 straight baking soda (The Arm & Hammer Yellow Box)
8 Arm & Hammer Tooth Powder Church & Dwight
23 Biotene PBF Drymouth Toothpaste
25 Pronamel
30 KID’S TOOTH GEL STRAWBERRY-RASPBERRY (ph value: 7.0-7.5) Lavera
30 Elmex Sensitive Plus Elmex
42 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Tartar Control Church & Dwight
42 Arm & Hammer Advance White Baking Soda Peroxide Church & Dwight
42 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Regular Church & Dwight
45 Oxyfresh
44-53 Squigle Enamel Saver
49 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Tartar Control Church & Dwight
49 Tom’s of Maine Sensitive (given as 40’s) Tom’s
53 Rembrandt Original (RDA) Rembrandt
53 CloSYS
57 Tom’s of Maine Children’s, Wintermint (given as mid-50’s) Tom’s
60 Boiron Homeodent Natural Toothpaste-Lemon Flavor
62 Supersmile Supersmile
62 Clinpro 5000 Fluoride Toothpaste
63 Rembrandt Mint (‘Heffernan RDA’)Rembrandt
63 Biotene Regular
68 Colgate Regular Colgate-Palmolive
70 Colgate Total Colgate-Palmolive
70 Arm & Hammer Advance White Sensitive Church & Dwight
70 Colgate 2-in-1 Fresh Mint (given as 50-70) Colgate-Palmolive
70-76 Squigle Tooth Builder
79 Sensodyne Colgate-Palmolive
80 AIM Unilever
80 Close-Up Unilever
83 Colgate Sensitive Maximum Strength Colgate-Palmolive
85 Biotene Sensitive
91 Aquafresh Sensitive Colgate-Palmolive
93 Tom’s of Maine Regular (given as high 80’s low 90’s) Squigle (Tom’s)
94 Rembrandt Plus Rembrandt
94 Plus White Indiana Study
95 Kid’s Crest
95 Crest Regular (possibly 99) P&G (P&G)
101 Natural White Indiana Study
103 Mentadent Squigle
104 Sensodyne Extra Whitening Colgate-Palmolive
104 Sensodyne Repair and Protect with Novamin (Purchased on Amazon.com) GSK Pharmaceuticals
106 Colgate Platinum Indiana Study
106 Arm & Hammer Advance White Paste Church & Dwight
107 Crest Sensitivity Protection Colgate-Palmolive
110 Colgate Herbal Colgate-Palmolive
110 Amway Glister (given as upper boundary) Patent US06174515
112 Prevident 5000 Booster
113 Aquafresh Whitening Indiana Study
117 Arm & Hammer Advance White Gel Church & Dwight
120 Close-Up with Baking Soda (canadian) Unilever
124 Colgate Whitening Indiana Study
130 Crest Extra Whitening with Scope Indiana Study
130 Crest Pro-Health with Scope (Crest for Me) Burt’s Bees, Inc.
133 Ultra brite (or 120-140) Colgate-Palmolive
144 Crest MultiCare Whitening P&G
145 Ultra brite Advanced Whitening Formula P&G
150 Pepsodent (given as upper bound) Unilever
165 Colgate Tartar Control (given as 155-165) Colgate-Palmolive
189 Crest Pro-Health P&G
200 Colgate 2-in-1 Tartar Control/Whitening or Icy Blast/Whitening (given as 190-200) Colgate-Palmolive
200 recommended limit FDA
250 recommended limit ADA


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