These are the best and worst toothpastes according to the OCU

Oral health is key in many aspects of life. Without going any further, this week an article was published in the ‘Journal of Clinical Periodontology’ which indicates that a person with inflamed and infected gums is 8.8 times more likely to die from Covid-19. With this data it is clear how important it is to brush your teeth three times a day. But which toothpaste should you choose? The OCU has released what are the best and worst toothpastes on the market.

The Organization of Consumers and Users has analyzed 11 different brands, and the experts have concluded that they all offer good results in terms of tooth stain removal and cleaning it means. However, only four have achieved good marks overall.

What are the best toothpastes according to the OCU?

The first place in the ranking is for a colgate product, to which the OCU gives a rating of 76 out of 100. It is followed by a product from Binaca (73), one from Parodontax (66), one from Elmex (63) and one from Dentalyss and one from Sensodyne, both with 67 points.

The best toothpaste is ‘Triple Action’ de Colgate, which the Organization of Consumers and Users awards as ‘Best Buy’ and ‘Best of Analysis’.

And the worst?

On the opposite side of the ranking, another colgate product (55), one from Apivita (52), one from Oral-B (51) and one from Licor del Polo (59).

How has the study been carried out?

To carry out the research, the experts have carried out three different tasks: listening to the opinion of the users, laboratory analysis, and study of the container, the environmental impact of ingredients and labeling.

The Laboratory analysis have been carried out in collaboration with other consumer organizations in European countries, such as the study of fluoride to prevent the appearance of cavities, the cleaning capacity of the teeth and the abrasive effect, which can cause damage to enamel and in the dentin.

Fluoride study

Scientific test results indicate that two of the toothpastes have a excessive amount of fluoride. They easily exceed the maximum allowable concentration of 1,500 ppm. The Consumer and User Organization recalls that choosing low-fluoride toothpastes is very important, especially for the little ones.

Environmental impact

One of the main problems that experts have encountered is the negative impact that toothpastes have on the environment. Scientists have found nothing more and nothing less than 60 ingredients that are harmful to the natural environment, such as zinc oxide or limonene. There are also several pastes that include microplastics.

In addition, the OCU criticizes the fact that all the analyzed toothpastes come inside a carton box. Experts consider that it is a totally expendable container.

Abrasive cash

One of the main conclusions reached by the OCU when analyzing which are the best and the worst toothpastes is that 50% of the products have an excessive abrasive effect. Therefore, its continued use could lead to different damage to enamel and dentin.

How should a good toothpaste be?

The OCU gives a series of recommendations when choosing the best toothpaste. It has to be a product that leaves a sensation of freshness and cleanliness in the mouth, which does not contain abrasive substances for enamel and dentin. Of course, it should be comfortable to wear, as well as safe and enjoyable.

Regarding the composition of the toothpaste, the ideal is that it contains the right and necessary amount of fluoride, mild abrasive substances in powder form, and also a surfactant to foam and remove cling film. It should also contain moisturizing substances to prevent the paste from drying out over time.

Tips for brushing your teeth

It is essential to brush your teeth three times a day, after breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dentists Recommend divide the mouth into four quadrants, and dedicate 30 seconds to each of them. Of course, brushing has to be gentle so as not to irritate the gums, brushing the upper teeth downwards and the lower teeth upwards, with circular movements.

Additionally you can use a irrigador dental in daily cleaning as it removes all the dirt that the toothbrush cannot reach. It is a device that applies a jet of water under pressure to the teeth, and manages to eliminate all bacteria and food debris that remain in inaccessible areas, such as the gum line.

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