Every other toothpaste falls: This toothpaste is the best test

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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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These things are bad for your teeth

Snacks: Appetizers like chips and flips or gummy cubs, sweets and other sweets contain a lot of sugar and starch. This is turned into acid by plaque bacteria, which harms the teeth, specifically to the enamel. Another disadvantage: snacks lead to reduced saliva production, which plays an important protective role in the mouth.
Snacks: Appetizers like chips and flips or gummy cubs, sweets and other sweets contain a lot of sugar and starch. This is turned into acid by plaque bacteria, which harms the teeth, specifically to the enamel. Another disadvantage: snacks lead to reduced saliva production, which plays an important protective role in the mouth. © pixabay
Fruit juice: The problem with fruit juice is the sometimes high sugar content. Orange juices sometimes contain only slightly less sugar than sodas.
Fruit juice: The problem with fruit juice is the sometimes high sugar content. Orange juices sometimes contain only slightly less sugar than sodas. © pixabay
Coffee: This is not a secret. The coffee causes discoloration of the teeth. The same goes for the ...
Coffee: This is not a secret. The coffee causes discoloration of the teeth. The same goes for the … © pixabay
Smoking: This also increases the risk of gum inflammation and can lead to tooth loss. In the worst case, smoking can also cause cancer of the mouth, lips or tongue.
Smoking: This also increases the risk of gum inflammation and can lead to tooth loss. In the worst case, smoking can also cause cancer of the mouth, lips or tongue. © pixabay
Piercings: Metals piercings in the mouth area not only affect the teeth, but also the gums. This can sometimes have serious consequences, the teeth can even fail in the worst case.
Piercings: Metals piercings in the mouth area not only affect the teeth, but also the gums. This can sometimes have serious consequences, the teeth can even fail in the worst case. © pixabay
Wine: Chromogenic molecules and tannins contained in red wine can cause tooth discoloration. At the same time, acidic red and white wines damage tooth enamel.
Wine: Chromogenic molecules and tannins contained in red wine can cause tooth discoloration. At the same time, acidic red and white wines damage tooth enamel. © pixabay
Grinding Teeth: Specially designed splints can prevent excessive squeaking of the nocturnal teeth and damage to the tooth structure.
Grinding Teeth: Specially designed splints can prevent excessive squeaking of the nocturnal teeth and damage to the tooth structure. © photo alliance / dpa
Eating Disorders: You can also affect your teeth. Because people with binge eating disorder have periodic cravings and lose control of their eating habits. This excessive eating behavior can be harmful to the teeth.
Eating Disorders: You can also affect your teeth. Because people with binge eating disorder have periodic cravings and lose control of their eating habits. This excessive eating behavior can be harmful to the teeth. © photo alliance / dpa
Open the packages or bottles with your mouth: this should be like the picture. But many people open bottles of beer or other packaging with their teeth. You'd better leave that aside, because the materials could theoretically split. In any case, opening the packages is harmful to the teeth. Likewise, it's with the pins or nails to chew on.
Open the packages or bottles with your mouth: this should be like the picture. But many people open bottles of beer or other packaging with their teeth. You'd better leave that aside, because the materials could theoretically split. In any case, opening the packages is harmful to the teeth. Likewise, it's with the pins or nails to chew on. © pixabay