The consumer magazine Ökotest tested 400 toothpastes – with terrifying results. Who uses the next toothpaste is on the safe side.
Who stands in front of the pharmacy's dental department is overwhelmed at first: you are spoiled for choice among countless toothpastes, which promise perfectly manicured teeth. However, many toothpastes are disappointing in the test or are even dangerous, Ökotest warns now.
The five best toothpastes – and losers in toothpaste comparison
The independent magazine on consumer protection Ökotest analyzed 400 toothpastes, nightclubs, drugstores, supermarkets, pharmacies and online shops under the microscope, and tested their effectiveness for ingredient protection and caries protection. The result is sobering: only one toothpaste out of three is recommendedas Ökotest points out.
Natural cosmetics in particular would have disappointed the test, so the conclusion is sobering. A total of 199 products were rated as "poor" or "insufficient". 58 toothpastes were found to be "satisfactory" or "adequate" and only 27 products were considered "good". After all, 116 products fully recommend Ökotest because they contain no controversial ingredients.,
The following toothpastes cut with "very good":
- Alverde 5 in 1 toothpaste Nanaminze
- Alviana Organic Peppermint Toothpaste
- Salvia F Madaus gums with a fluoride toothpaste
- Parodontax Extra Fresh
- Dentabella 4 herbs
Five of the least rated toothpastes:
- Caries toothpaste signal protection
- Odol-Med 3 Extreme Clean Long-Term Freshness
- Odol-Med Whitening Repairing Toothpaste 3 Nights
- Blend-A-Med 3D white fresh conditioner
- Theramed 2 in 1 Toothpaste + Original Mouthwash
Natural cosmetics: too little fluoride in toothpaste
All toothpastes rated "good" and "very good" have in common: They all contain fluorideIt has been proven that this ingredient in toothpastes prevents tooth decay and is therefore recommended in the guidelines of the German Society of Dental Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the prophylaxis of caries in permanent teeth for care dental.
Especially in natural cosmetics, fluoride is often little or no content. This explains the poor performance of these products: 51 of 65 natural cosmetic toothpastes did not look better than "deficient"because they do not provide adequate protection against tooth decay due to lack of fluoride.
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Foaming agent up to PEG: harmful ingredients in toothpaste
Not only is fluoride lacking, but aggressive foaming, sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpastes, harms teeth and oral flora. Many products tested also contained polyethylene glycols and related chemicals (PEGs), which are believed to make mucous membranes more permeable to potentially harmful foreign substances. Even the triclosan ingredient, suspected of promoting antibiotic resistance, has proven itself. Triclosan is included in four following toothpastes:
- Colgate Total Original Toothpaste
- Colgate Total plus fresh and healthy toothpaste
- Colgate Total Interdental Cleaning Toothpaste Plus
- Toothpaste Fuchs Dent-A-Xyl
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