Me too...until I read that the FDA approved Colgate Total and Crest Pro-Health. Both are said to combat gum disease by reducing tartar and gingivitis.
This is also what I learned:
Most over-the-counter whitening agents don't work.
Don't mask bad breath. Get rid of tartar build-up and use an antibacterial toothpaste.
Baking soda is an abrasive. It's not as effective as a fluoride toothpaste.
A little dab will do ya.
Floss at least once a day.
Brush 2+ minutes 2 or more times daily using a soft or electric toothbrush in good condition.
Visit your dentist twice a year.