Stiftung Warentest

Stiftung Warentest:

They promise caries protection, white teeth or special care for sensitive teeth: Who is looking for a toothpaste, has a large selection.

Stiftung Warentest took a closer look at 17 kinds of toothpaste. The result: 13 kinds of toothpaste got the rating "very good"

Hannover. We all do it, once, twice, three times a day: brushing our teeth. For most people, it is an integral part of the morning and evening routine.

Rightly justified: Only in this way can caries and unsightly discolouration on the teeth be avoided.

But for that to work, it's all down to the right toothpaste. Not all products fulfil their purpose equally well.

Stiftung Warentest has examined several products in its latest issue (October 2019), including brand name products as well as toothpaste from drugstores, supermarkets and discounters.

The result: at least 13 of 17 kinds of toothpaste performed very well in the test. Three other products were rated "good", only one rated the Stiftung Warentest as "deficient".

Effective against tooth decay: fluoride and zinc

Among other things, the caries prophylaxis was tested in the test. Fluoride is indispensable for effective protection against caries, as this ingredient prevents tooth decay and hardens the enamel.

Toothpaste should, therefore, contain fluoride in the highest possible concentration. In addition to fluoride, many kinds of toothpaste contain the mineral zinc.

This acts against bacteria and thus protects against plaque, calculus and gingivitis. For children, however, too much zinc can be harmful and should, therefore, be excellent on the tube.

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Abrasion removes discolouration
Another important criterion for the selection of toothpaste is the abrasion. These are tiny cleaning particles in the toothpaste, the discolourations, such as coffee or tea, from the teeth scrub.

A strong abrasion is, according to the Stiftung Warentest but only recommended for healthy teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, you prefer to use a toothpaste with light to medium abrasion.

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Test winner: Parodontax and Budnident

However, as the test proves, higher abrasion does not necessarily lead to better cleaning. Even toothpaste with light abrasion can effectively remove discolouration on the teeth.

If you are looking for a particularly gentle toothpaste, you will also find one of the test winners: The "Parodontax Extra Fresh Complete Protection" (grade 1.2) cleans the teeth thoroughly, but with low abrasion, according to the testers.

However, gentle cleaning has its price: The toothpaste costs about 4.95 euros. The "Budnident Toothpaste Herbal" also cuts off in the test with 1.2, which has a medium abrasion and is significantly cheaper with approx. 0.49 Euro.

This toothpaste also contains the dye Blue Covarine, which lays on the teeth during brushing. As a result, the teeth do not look so yellow for a few hours.

Vegan toothpaste is deficient

Third place goes to Oral-B Professional Gums & Melt Pro-Repair. With the hard abrasion, it reliably removes discolouration and effectively protects against tooth decay.

This makes it particularly suitable for healthy, strong teeth. It contains tin fluoride in addition to sodium fluoride.

No fluoride, on the other hand, contains the vegan "Dr Bronner's peppermint toothpaste". The tube for about 9 € cuts in the test, therefore, with "poor" from.


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