Toothpaste at Stiftung Warentest: Not all toothpastes protect against tooth decay – Economy

A toothpaste should primarily do one thing: protect teeth from tooth decay. Four of 31 toothpastes containing the Stiftung Warentest now (June 2022), but fail because of this basic requirement. They contain no fluoride – an important ingredient for strengthening tooth enamel, reducing the formation of plaque and preventing tooth decay.

But five toothpastes convince both in caries protection and in the removal of discoloration. Two of the test winners are already available for less than one euro per 100 milliliters.

No adequate caries protection: According to the Stiftung Warentest, these four toothpastes are inadequate

  • Ajona medicinal toothpaste concentrate (1.69 euros, grade: 5.0)
  • Bioniq repair toothpaste (4.75 euros, grade 5.0)
  • Sante Dental Med Tooth Gel Vitamin B12 fluoride-free (5.95 euros, grade 5.0)
  • Weleda Calendula Toothpaste (4.25 euros, grade 5.0)

Titanium dioxide: Additive could damage genetic material

According to Stiftung Warentest, the use of the dye is questionable titanium dioxide, which some manufacturers use to color their toothpastes white. According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the additive could potentially damage genetic material if it enters the body. In other words, the genetic material in the cells could be damaged and possibly even cause cancer. From August 2022, titanium dioxide is therefore to be banned in food throughout the EU.

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A total of 21 toothpastes in the test contained titanium dioxide. However, it is questionable whether these products actually have a mutagenic effect.

The consumer organization writes that most pastes typically contain up to one percent titanium dioxide. When brushing your teeth, it is estimated that around ten percent of the cream is swallowed. Compared to other foods and products, toothpaste contributes little to the total amount of titanium dioxide absorbed.

Consumers can tell from the ingredients listed on the box or tube whether the coloring is present in a toothpaste. There is either the English name “Titanium Dioxide” or the abbreviation “CI 77891”.

Sensitive teeth? Then creams with little abrasion are ideal

A total of 31 toothpastes were tested by Stiftung Warentest.Photo: IMAGO / YAY Images

For people with sensitive teeth or exposed tooth necks, the Stiftung Warentest recommends creams with little abrasion. The Bevola (Kaufland) or Dontodent (dm) products, for example, were shown to be cheap and “very good” for 44 cents or 60 cents per 100 milliliters. However, dm’s toothpaste is only available for adults because it contains zinc. The Stiftung Warentest recommends that children should brush their teeth without using zinc.

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The test showed that even creams with little abrasion discolouration caused by tea or tea Coffee can effectively remove. According to Stiftung Warentest, anyone who is concerned about their bright white smile need not have any qualms about the following toothpastes.

The five best toothpastes of 2022

  • Oral-B Professional Gums and Enamel Pro-Repair Extra Fresh (3.90 euros, grade 1.2): high abrasion, “very good” for caries prevention, removal of discoloration and titanium dioxide content
  • Meridol gum protection toothpaste (3.30 euros, grade 1.3): medium abrasion, “very good” for caries prevention and titanium dioxide content, “good” for removing discolouration
  • Signal organic toothpaste (1.99 euros, grade 1.4): very low abrasion, “very good” for caries prevention, removal of discoloration and titanium dioxide content
  • Kaufland Bevola Fresh Toothpaste (0.55 euros, grade 1.4): low abrasion, “very good” for caries prevention and titanium dioxide content, “good” for removing discolouration
  • dm Dontodent toothpaste antibacterial (EUR 0.75, grade 1.5): very low abrasion, “very good” for caries prevention and titanium dioxide content, “good” for removing discolouration, is only recommended for adults

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