What is the healthiest toothpaste

The consumer magazine Ökotest tested 400 toothpastes - with terrifying results. If you use the following toothpastes, you are on the safe side.

If you stand in front of the dental care shelf in the drugstore, you are initially overwhelmed: You are spoiled for choice between countless toothpastes, all of which promise perfectly cared-for teeth. But many of the toothpastes disappoint in the test or are even dangerous, warns Ökotest.

The five best toothpastes - and the losers in the toothpaste comparison

The independent consumer protection magazine Ökotest examined a total of 400 toothpastes from discount stores, drugstores, supermarkets, pharmacies and online shops and checked them for the effectiveness of the ingredients and protection against caries. The sobering result: only every third toothpaste is recommended, as reported by Ökotest.

Natural cosmetics in particular would have disappointed in the test, so the sobering conclusion. A total of 199 products were rated "poor" or "unsatisfactory". 58 toothpastes were rated as "satisfactory" or "sufficient" and only 27 products were rated as "good". After all, Ökotest would unreservedly recommend 116 products because they do not contain any controversial ingredients.

The following toothpastes, among others, scored "very good":

  • Alverde 5 in 1 Nanaminze Toothpaste
  • Alviana toothpaste organic peppermint
  • Salviagalen F Madaus with fluoride toothpaste
  • Parodontax Extra Fresh
  • Dentabella 4 herbs

Five of the worst rated toothpastes:

  • Signal toothpaste caries protection
  • Odol-Med 3 Extreme Clean long-term freshness
  • Odol-Med 3 Night Repair + Whitening Toothpaste
  • Blend-A-Med 3D White Vitalizing Fresh
  • Theramed 2 in 1 toothpaste + mouthwash original

Natural cosmetics: Too little fluoride in toothpaste

What all toothpastes rated "good" and "very good" have in common: They all contain fluoride. This ingredient in toothpastes has been proven to prevent tooth decay and is therefore also recommended in the guideline of the German Society for Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine for the prevention of caries in permanent teeth for dental care.

Natural cosmetics in particular often contain little or no fluoride. This also explains the poor performance of these products: 51 out of 65 natural cosmetic toothpastes did not do better than "poor"because they do not offer adequate protection against tooth decay due to the lack of fluoride. Why toothpaste with coconut oil makes your teeth cleaner, reports 24vita.de*.

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Foaming agents up to PEG: Harmful ingredients in toothpaste

Not only a lack of fluoride, but also the aggressive foaming agent sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpastes is harmful to teeth and oral flora. Many products tested also contained polyethylene glycols and chemically related substances (PEG), which are supposed to make the mucous membranes more permeable to potentially harmful foreign substances. Even the ingredient triclosan, which is suspected of promoting antibiotic resistance, has been proven.Triclosan is found in the following four toothpastes:

  • Colgate Total Original Toothpaste
  • Colgate Total plus healthy fresh toothpaste
  • Colgate Total plus interdental cleaning toothpaste
  • Fuchs Dent-A-Xyl toothpaste

Is your toothpaste not listed here? Or are you interested in how dental care products for children fare in the test? More information can be found here. (jg) * Merkur.de and 24vita.de are offered by IPPEN.MEDIA.

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