FAQ: Oral Care

Get answers to frequently asked questions about toothpastes, toothbrushes, baking soda and more.

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What should I look for in a toothpaste?

Regular toothpaste use, flossing, and seeing your dentist twice a year are the real keys to the best oral health. It is important to choose a toothpaste that:
  • Delivers fluoride to fight cavities
  • Cleans away plaque
  • Provides gentle cleaning
  • You will use regularly

So how do ARM & HAMMER brand toothpastes stack up?

A good toothpaste:
  • Delivers fluoride to fight cavities
  • Is formulated with fluoride levels specified by Health Canada
  • Cleans away unsightly plaque
  • Provides gentle cleaning
  • Is one you will use regularly


Baking soda cleans away unsightly plaque from tooth surface and deep crevices, and is one of the most gentle tooth cleaning agents you can use.
ARM & HAMMER toothpastes provide the True Taste of Clean!

Why is baking soda considered an ideal cleaning agent?

As a cleaning agent, baking soda is less abrasive than virtually any other cleaning agent used in toothpastes. Less abrasion means less tooth wear, which helps keep your teeth healthy. And when it comes to cleaning, recent studies indicate that baking soda in high concentrations, like those found in most ARM & HAMMER toothpastes, break down into tiny particles that are able to penetrate enamel crevices and remove food particles and deep stains embedded there.

Besides cleaning, what else does the baking soda in my toothpaste do?

In addition to cleaning well, baking soda toothpaste provides many additional functional benefits that separate it from other toothpastes:
  • Baking soda is gentle—it has significantly lower enamel and dentin abrasivity than the cleaning agents (i.e. silica) used in conventional toothpastes
  • Baking soda freshens—it imparts a distinct freshness and clean-mouth feel
  • Baking soda deodorizes—it provides odour control due to its ability to reduce acids in the mouth

Do ARM & HAMMER brand toothpastes contain fluoride?

Yes, all of our toothpaste products are formulated with levels of fluoride specified for an anti-caries (anti-cavity) toothpaste by Health Canada.

Are ARM & HAMMER brand toothpastes safe for everyday use?

Yes. They were developed for a daily oral hygiene program. In evaluating these products, the maker of ARM & HAMMER conducted tests not only under expected use conditions but also under exaggerated use conditions. For example, in some studies we had the subjects brush every hour up to 5 times during one study day. After brushing they were examined by trained dental professionals.

ARM & HAMMER brand toothpastes sometimes feels gritty. Will they hurt my teeth?

The grittiness is most likely the feel of the baking soda before it dissolves in your mouth. Rest assured that ARM & HAMMER products are low in abrasion and will not harm your teeth.

How can I fight gum disease?

Regular brushing with a well-formulated toothpaste like ARM & HAMMER Complete Care Gel, flossing and regular visits to your dentist are recommended ways to attend to your oral care needs. Gum disease can occur when there is a lack of attention to oral hygiene.

Are ARM & HAMMER brand toothpastes safe for crowns?

Crowns and other restorative materials are designed to be as hard and resistant as natural teeth. We have seen no evidence of changes in the surface or colour of restorative materials with use of ARM & HAMMER toothpastes. There are many different types of restoratives now available, however, so we suggest that you speak to your dentist prior to use of any oral care product on crowns and other restorative material.

Are ARM & HAMMER brand toothpastes safe for use on braces, dental appliances, dentures or bridges?

ARM & HAMMER toothpastes are safe for use by persons wearing dental appliances/dentures/braces/bridges. As with any dental appliances special care must be taken to insure thorough cleaning of the appliance and removal of unwanted food and debris. We suggest that you speak to your dentist prior to use of any oral care product on dental appliances/dentures/braces/bridges.

Does ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda toothpaste neutralize food acid?

Yes, because baking soda is a natural buffer, ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda toothpaste helps maintain the mouth’s natural pH level as it neutralizes food acids immediately after use.

Does ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda toothpaste reduce oral malodour?

Yes, studies indicate that baking soda in toothpaste converts volatile sulfur compounds to a non-odorous form as well as reduces odour-causing bacteria.

Can ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda toothpaste be used on cosmetic restorations?

Yes, baking soda is gentle enough to use on cosmetic restorations.

Does ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda toothpaste deliver fluoride to the teeth?

Yes, all ARM & HAMMER toothpastes contain 1100 ppm fluoride.

Can ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda toothpaste remove and control extrinsic stain and acquired intrinsic stain?

Yes, baking soda cleans mechanically and chemically. By gently polishing, it removes extrinsic stain and by penetrating into tiny surface crevices, it gently lifts acquired intrinsic stain.

Can children use ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda toothpaste?

Yes, it is an excellent choice for children (please read directions regarding proper use for children) to gently clean teeth and to keep gums healthy. Sometimes it takes a week or so for the child to get used to the new taste, but it is well worth making this healthy choice.

Do ARM & HAMMER™ or Orajel™ brand toothpastes contain triclosan?

No. ARM & HAMMER™ and Orajel™ brand toothpastes are all 100% triclosan-free and have never included this ingredient.

Toddler toothpaste

Are there any forms of nuts in Orajel™ Toddler Training Toothpaste?

No. It does not contain any peanuts or tree nuts. It is also gluten- and sugar-free.

Is Orajel™ Toddler Training Toothpaste gluten-free?


Is Orajel™ Toddler Training Toothpaste sugar-free?


Is Orajel™ Toddler Training Toothpaste safe if swallowed?

This product is fluoride-free and is completely safe if swallowed.