If you get tired of having so many toothpastes with so many different abilities, it might be a good idea to consider a return to basics. There are a few toothpastes that offer only a baseline level of protection and one of them is **Crest Tartar Protection Toothpaste.** **Toothpaste Commentary:** Crest Tartar Protection Toothpaste is a simple toothpaste that offers sodium fluoride to protect against cavities and special ingredients to protect against tartar formation. There are no special whiteners or other unique ingredients or abilities with this toothpaste. It takes care of the basics, and that is it. But just because there is nothing special in this toothpaste doesn't mean it is one to avoid. Frankly, I find these special abilities claimed by other toothpastes to be a tad exaggerated and only partially effective. With Crest Tartar Protection Toothpaste, you don't get any special claims. You just get a toothpaste that cleans effectively, protects against cavities, and fights the development of tartar. Some may argue that tartar protection is not a basic coverage, but I feel that it is, given how common it is to find toothpastes with this type of protection. A basic toothpaste product like Crest Tartar Protection Toothpaste has one other advantage: It is less expensive, at least for a Crest product. It is also a little more widely available- often found in carryouts and even in vending machines. **Bottom Line Viewpoint:** Crest Tartar Protection Toothpaste is a very good product for general dental care and it does a fine job cleaning and protecting teeth and gums. It doesn't claim to whiten teeth to the max or save the Earth, but it does clean the teeth very well and is a protect worth trying.