How do I Choose the Best Gum Toothpaste?

Alicia Sparks

Shopping for gum toothpaste can take more time than shopping for regular toothpaste, because you’re looking for a paste that will treat your specific problem rather than one just for daily brushing. Once your dentist diagnoses the reason for your sore or sensitive gums, ask for treatment recommendations. Chances are, your dentist can tell you about a gum toothpaste designed not only for gum care in general, but also to manage your exact gum problem. Be sure to read consumer reviews and talk with others who’ve used certain kinds of gum disease toothpaste. Shopping around with both off- and online retailers can help you find the toothpaste of the best quality and most affordable price.

A toothbrush with toothpaste on it.
A toothbrush with toothpaste on it.

If you suspect you’re suffering from gingivitis, periodontal disease, or any other condition that might cause your sore gums and gum inflammation, talk with your dentist. Even if you’ve dealt with bad gums in the past, you should first obtain a diagnosis from a professional before you start shopping for gum toothpaste. A dentist will be able to tell you exactly what’s causing your sensitive gums and the best way to approach the problem.

Good dental hygiene is crucial for maintaining a healthy smile.
Good dental hygiene is crucial for maintaining a healthy smile.

Once you learn the cause of your gum inflammation, you can start shopping for the gum care products you’ll need. If this includes gum disease toothpaste, ask your dentist for recommendations. Dentists are professionally trained in dental hygiene. They can often cut through the pricing, packaging, promises, and other marketing and advertising trends to find the most effective products. Your dentist should be able to give you a gum toothpaste recommendation, or even recommend which gum toothpaste would work best for your particular gum problems.

Although your dentist is a trained professional, you don’t have to limit your options to the products he recommends. You can also read consumer reviews of different kinds of gum toothpaste. Such reviews are often found on Internet forums and message boards, blogs, and other websites. You might also talk with people you know who’ve dealt with gingivitis, periodontal disease, and other gum problems. Often, everyday consumers who’ve used the products can and will offer genuine reviews of the products.

When you’re ready to start shopping for gum toothpaste, your store options are plentiful. Depending on your dentist’s recommendations and the reviews you’ve gathered, you might already know where to purchase the gum disease toothpaste you want. If not, or if you want to broaden your selection, you can find gum toothpaste everywhere from large discount stores to smaller, local shops. You can shop with catalogs or even websites that specialize in dental hygiene products. Shopping around can help increase your chances of getting the best toothpaste at the most affordable price.

Women should pay particularly close attention to oral hygiene during pregnancy.
Women should pay particularly close attention to oral hygiene during pregnancy.

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My gums had been bleeding, so I switched to a toothpaste that was formulated for sensitive teeth. My gums don't bleed as much and my mouth always feels clean.


If you take good care of your teeth and brush them thoroughly each day, more than likely you will not have gum problems. Any type of toothpaste will work if you are brushing and flossing properly, so you should ask your dentist if need help doing proper oral hygiene.

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