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Toothpaste: Which is the best?

by Josephine Andrews
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With fluoride, for whiter teeth, against tartar – the range of toothpaste products is huge. Find out here which ingredients are important in a good toothpaste and what special toothpastes are all about!

With or without fluoride: which is the best toothpaste?

There is ample evidence that brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste reduces the risk of tooth decay. A fluoride content of at least 1,000 ppm, which corresponds to one gram per kilogram, is optimal. It is also effective to brush your teeth several times a day.

What is fluoride? They harden the tooth by embedding themselves in the tooth structure. This makes the tooth more resistant to the acids produced by the bacteria from the sugars ingested with food.

The fact that cavities in the teeth have become significantly rarer in recent decades is mainly due to the widespread use of toothpaste containing fluoride.

Fluoride in toothpaste is not harmful to health – as is often claimed. Fluoride only poisons the body in very large quantities. To do this, however, someone would have to ingest five to ten grams of fluoride at a time. That’s equivalent to 30 to 60 tubes of toothpaste in one go. The concentration in toothpaste is legally limited to 0.15 percent (1,500 ppm). You can read more about fluoride and toothpaste in this article.

It is therefore important that the toothpaste contains fluoride. The brand and type of toothpaste are secondary and primarily a matter of taste. Sometimes, however, it makes sense if your own toothpaste also contains certain other ingredients – for example if your gums bleed frequently or your teeth are sensitive to pain.

Foaming substances in the toothpaste support the cleaning effect and catch leftovers, which can then be removed more easily. However, be careful with sodium lauryl sulfate. According to the Ökotest, the substance turned out to be comparatively aggressive and irritates the sensitive mucous membranes.

The same applies to polyethylene glycols and chemically related substances (PEG): In some cases, they make the mucous membranes more permeable to foreign substances.

The right toothpaste for bleeding gums

Bleeding gums are almost always a sign of inflammation. Certain plant substances in the toothpaste such as allantoin or sage extracts can support healing. However, you cannot eliminate causes such as the onset of periodontitis.

Which toothpaste provides fresh breath?

Deodorizing toothpastes freshen your breath – at least for a short time. But bad breath cannot be combated in the long term. This usually requires more thorough cleaning of the spaces between the teeth and/or cleaning the tongue with a tongue scraper. In persistent cases of bad breath , the dentist should investigate the cause.

This toothpaste helps with sensitive teeth

There are special toothpastes that can make hypersensitive teeth less sensitive if used regularly. These pastes contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, which slows down the transmission of stimuli to the dental nerve. However, the dentist should check what causes the sensitive teeth and whether further steps are necessary (such as protecting exposed tooth necks).

What is suitable for tartar formation?

Tartar forms when dental plaque hardens. How quickly and to what extent this happens varies from person to person. Special anti-tartar pastes contain active ingredients such as zinc compounds, which can reduce the formation of new tartar. However, this only applies to the relatively unproblematic tartar above the gum line. They do not affect the formation of deep-seated tartar.

Even existing tartar cannot dissolve anti-tartar pastes. This must be removed by the dentist or a prophylaxis assistant as part of a professional tooth cleaning (PZR) .

Is special toothpaste bad for white teeth?

Special toothpastes for white teeth contain abrasive (abrasive) particles that can remove stains from coffee, tea and red wine better than normal toothpastes. For exposed, sensitive tooth necks, however, too high a proportion of these wear particles is a concern.

In addition, these special toothpastes can contain bleaching agents – these damage the tooth substance!

Toothpaste with activated charcoal

In the field of tooth cleaning, the latest trend is black toothpaste, i.e. toothpaste with activated charcoal . Teeth are supposed to be whiter – without bleaching and emery substances. Does it work?

In fact, stains and leftover food can be removed from your teeth. However, experts suspect that the black toothpaste’s mechanism of action is primarily due to the abrasiveness of the carbon particles. Silicate compounds in classic toothpaste, for example, also have such a polishing effect. You can read more about toothpaste and activated charcoal in this article.

Ohne Menthol

According to the rules of homeopathy , mint can interfere with the effects of a homeopathic treatment. There are now special toothpastes on the market that do not require menthol.

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