Stiftung Warentest tests 32 toothpastes: cheap ones are often very good
The consumer advocates of the Stiftung Warentest examined a total of 32 toothpastes. More than half of the test products were rated “good” or “very good”. It was obvious that quality doesn't have to be expensive. Many cheap pastes were able to reach the first ranks.
Good quality doesn't have to be expensive
Regular brushing is the most effective measure to efficiently prevent gum infections, toothache and tooth decay. Among other things, it depends on the right technology. According to dentists, shaking and painting is particularly useful. The quality of the toothpaste used is also important. This does not have to be expensive, as a recent test showed.
Fluoride prevents tooth decay
The Stiftung Warentest examined 32 universal toothpastes. Such pastes promise “mostly complete protection for teeth and gums and above all protection against caries. The decisive factor is therefore the active ingredient fluoride, which has been proven to prevent tooth decay. Some candidates among the tested universal toothpastes do not contain fluoride, ”the testers write on their website.
Priced under one euro
Over half of the products tested scored “good” or “very good”. The investigation showed that good quality does not have to be expensive. Among the test winners, for example, “Perlodent med herbs” from Rossmann and “Dentalux Complex 3 herbs fresh” from Lidl are two very affordable ones. Kaufland's “K-Classic Multicare” received a “very good”. All three are priced below one euro, the first two are real bargains at 36 cents per 100 milliliters. The test winner from Kaufland costs just 65 cents per tube.
Three types of toothpaste received the overall grade "poor" because they do not contain fluoride and caries prevention is not guaranteed.
Not suitable for children
Products containing zinc received deductions in the rating if they were not declared as "unsuitable for children". Zinc is important for health, but children and adolescents are already consuming the recommended amount through food. Therefore, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recommends that dental care products containing zinc be advised that they are not suitable for children.
“If the body absorbs too much zinc, it can lead to disorders in the copper metabolism. A permanent increase in zinc intake can lead to anemia, neuromotor disorders and a weakening of the immune system, ”explains the BfR in a statement.
Toothpaste for 100 euros
A particularly curious product did particularly poorly. The toothpaste with real gold dust from Swiss Smile costs 100 euros per tube, but according to the Stiftung Warentest only contains a small amount of fluoride. According to the experts, the gold content in the paste also has no positive effect on the teeth. (ad)