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Warentest checks toothpaste: Some do not even protect properly against tooth decay – and can also pay dearly for it

Warentest tested toothpaste

Some cheap toothpaste is far behind branded products in terms of quality.

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Warentest has checked which toothpaste keeps what it promises and which ones you should rather not press on the brush. The positive surprise: There are very good toothpastes for less than one euro.

Stringed together like a string of pearls, straight and brilliantly white – beautiful teeth are a sign of attractiveness. But not everyone has healthy teeth, not to mention toothpaste smiles. What nature cannot create, some promise toothpaste to judge. In addition to the promised protection against caries and periodontitis, many now also advertise that discolouration can be removed. Warentest took a closer look at what’s in the tubes.

Warentest took a close look at 31 toothpastes, seven of them with a natural cosmetics seal. The cheapest costs no more than 44 cents, the most expensive for a “mere” eight euros. According to the testers, only about one in six toothpastes is very good, and they also do without titanium dioxide. From August, the dye may no longer be found in food throughout Europe. The European Food Safety Authority classified the substance as “no longer safe” last year because of the possibility that it is mutagenic. Nevertheless – and although titanium dioxide was unnecessary for dental care in the opinion of the testers – they found the substance in 21 of 31 pastes.

No fluoride, no protection against tooth decay

Another shortcoming that Warentest was able to find: missing fluoride. Fluoride is considered the most important ingredient around Caries to prevent It strengthens the enamel of the teeth and makes them more resistant to acids. Four of the pastes lacked fluoride, which is why they are rated “poor”. They failed, writes Warentest, “because of the basic requirement, protection against tooth decay”. All the more bitter, since the pastes are of all things those that are in the higher price segment. This includes the medical toothpaste concentrate Ajona, but also the repair toothpaste from Bioniq.

The cheaper competition delivered a much better result. Two of the “very good” pastes are already available for less than one euro: Bevola from Kaufland (44 cents) and Dontodent from dm (60 cents). These toothpastes are the best choice for people with sensitive teeth and exposed tooth necks. They have a low abrasion, but still remove discolouration effectively. People with less sensitive teeth can also use somewhat “rabid” pastes like this Test winner Oral-B Professional Pro-Repair with a grade of 1.2. However, this toothpaste then costs more than ten times the cheapest in the test: 5.20 euros.

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