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Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors. Tooth decay, too much plaque on the teeth, root exposure/recession and wear can all cause sensitivity, as can clenching your teeth. Tooth lightening and certain toothpastes can also make your teeth sensitive. Consuming acidic drinks or food can cause sensitivity and also erode tooth structure. Dr. Foote can evaluate your condition, help find the cause, and come up with a solution for your problem. Additionally, he recommends using a low-abrasion toothpaste when you clean your teeth. Here is a list of toothpastes ranked by their RDA (relative dentin abrasivity):


Very Low Abrasive 

04 Toothbrush with plain water 

07 Straight baking soda 

08 Arm & Hammer Tooth Powder 

15 Weleda Salt Toothpaste 

18 CTx4 Gel 

30 Elmex Sensitive Plus 

30 Weleda Plant Tooth Gel 

35 Arm & Hammer Dental Care 

37 Sensodyne ProNamel 


Low Abrasive 

40 Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel 

42 Arm and Hammer Metadent Advanced Whitening 

42 Arm and Hammer Peroxicare 

45 Weleda Calendula Toothpaste 

45 Oxyfresh 

48 Arm & Hammer Dental Care Sensitive 

49 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Tartar Control 

49 Tom’s of Maine Sensitive 

52 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Regular 

53 Rembrant Original 

54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening 

54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Freshening 

54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Multi-Protection 

54 Arm & Hammer Complete Care Stain Defense 

57 Tom’s of Maine Children’s 

62 Super Smile 

63 Rembrant Mint 

65 Arm & Hammer Complete Care Plus Enamel Strengthening 

68 Colgate Regular 

70 Colgate Total 

70 Arm & Hammer Advance White Sensitive 

70 Colgate 2-in-1 Fresh Mint 


Medium Abrasive 

78 Biotene Gentle Dry Mouth 

79 Sensodyne 

80 Aim 

83 Colgate Sensitive Maximum Strength

91 Aquafresh Sensitive 

93 Tom’s of Maine Regular 

94 Rembrant Plus 

95 Crest Regular 

95 Oxyfresh with Fluoride 

97 Oxyfresh Powder 


High Abrasive 

100 Colgate Optic White 

101 Natural White 

103 Mentadent 

103 Arm & Hammer Sensation 

104 Sensodyne Extra Whitening 

106 Colgate Platinum 

106 Arm & Hammer Advance White Paste 

107 Crest Sensitivity Protection 

110 Closeup Paste/Gel 

110 Colgate Herbal 

113 Aquafresh Whitening 

117 Arm & Hammer Advance White Gel 

117 Arm & Hammer Sensation Tartar Control 

120 Close-Up with Baking Soda 

120 Colgate Baking Soda Paste 

124 Colgate Whitening 

125 Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief, Enamel Repair 

130 Crest Pro Health 

130 Crest Extra Whitening 

133 Ultrabrite 

144 Crest MultiCare Whitening 

145 Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening Formula 

145 Colgate Baking Soda & Peroxide Whitening 


Harmfully Abrasive 

150 Pepsodent 

165 Colgate Tartar Control 

168 Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Fresh Mint 

176 Nature’s Gate Paste 

200 Colgate 2-in-1 Tartar Control/ Whitening or Icy Blast/Whitening

200 Crest White Vivid 

260 Ultrabrite Advanced Whitening