A good toothbrush and toothpaste are, without a doubt, the best tools anyone can use to maintain good oral health and fight cavities. However, dentists have warned on many occasions that not all toothbrushes are equally effective not all toothpastes act the same. In fact, in the case of the latter, there are pastes that are too abrasive and, although they remove stains from the teeth well, they end up damaging the enamel.
This is what the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) denounces, which has just published an analysis about 11 anticaries toothpastes that we can find on the market. “Although the 11 anticaries toothpastes analyzed by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) obtain good results in cleaning and eliminating dental stains, only four get a good overall rating“says the organism.” The main problem detected is the excessive abrasiveness of half of the toothpastes analyzed, which could end up damaging the enamel and dentin after continued use, “confirms the OCU.
But what ingredients should every good toothpaste have? “To protect against cavities, toothpastes must add fluoride (in different forms), should add mild abrasive substances, usually in powder form) and also incorporates a surfactant. The latter helps to eliminate the adherent film and also forms the foam, which has a psychological effect, which makes cleaning teeth more pleasant for the consumer, “says the organization. In addition, moisturizers are added to the pastes so that the paste does not dry out and lasts longer, and viscosity agents so that they acquire more texture.
Thus, according to the analysis carried out by the OCU specialists, the best toothpaste we can find in the supermarket is Colgate Triple Action, which obtained a 76 average mark. This toothpaste stands out for the amount of fluoride it incorporates (“it must be between 1,000 and 1,500 ppm to ensure effective prevention of cavities”, according to the OCU), and in abrasiveness. That is, the level of abrasiveness of its formulation is adequate to avoid damaging the surface of the teeth. In second and third position in the ranking prepared by the OCU are the Binaca Fresh Mint-Triple Protection and Parodontax Extra Fresh Complete Protection toothpastes.
In general, as the OCU points out, the results of laboratory tests, carried out with other European consumer organizations, “point to an excessive amount of fluoride in two toothpastes.” The organization recalls that “children under six years of age should prioritize pastes adapted to their age, with a lower percentage of fluoride, since it is not uncommon for them to swallow part of the product while brushing their teeth.”
Likewise, it is also convenient that the impact of toothpastes on the environment is as low as possible, since they are products that seriously pollute the planet. “In some cases for including zinc oxide among its ingredients; in others for the presence of limonene (an unnecessary and toxic fragrance for aquatic organisms), or for incorporating microplastics”, warns the OCU.
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