Can i use toothpaste?

6 tips for brushing teeth & truths about the right toothpaste / toothpaste

Toothpaste with an important role

Do not rinse after brushing your teeth in the evening

Toothpastes contain various active ingredients. Especially in the evening it makes sense not to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth, because this allows the active ingredients of the toothpaste to work longer. The foam is only spat out. If you don't like this because of the taste, you should make sure to only rinse your mouth lightly.

Why do you even need toothpaste?

Toothpaste plays an important role in oral hygiene. This has been recognized in many earlier cultures. Before toothpaste, tooth powder with fine cleaning particles was used to rub off the plaque, because the right cleaning agent is crucial. We know it from cleaning a saucepan, for example. The grease can be easily removed better with the right cleaning agent and at the same time the surface of the saucepan remains as undamaged as possible. The toothpaste has the same effect as it, in combination with the right toothbrush, significantly improves the removal of dental plaque / biofilm. Simply put, the use of toothpaste increases the effectiveness of mechanical teeth cleaning in an essential way.


All clear for fluoride

The use of fluoride in toothpastes and thus a possible health risk among consumers is discussed again and again. From a scientific point of view, poisoning via toothpaste with fluoride can largely be ruled out.

The fluoride content of adult toothpastes is around 0.15%. It is lower for children's toothpastes because children often swallow part of the toothpaste when brushing. A person weighing 75 kilograms would have to ingest the contents of more than 30 tubes of toothpaste in order to get into a life-threatening situation. As a result, the risk of being poisoned with fluoride through toothpaste is almost zero.

At the same time, it should be noted that a small amount of toothpaste is sufficient both to support the cleaning process and for fluoridation.

Which toothpaste for sensitive teeth / sensitive tooth necks?

In many toothpastes, so-called emery materials or also called cleaning agents are used for a higher cleaning effect. This is necessary and useful. Together with the toothbrush, these cleaning bodies remove plaque and harmful bacteria from the tooth surface. At the same time, there are big differences in the fineness of the emery materials, similar to sandpaper. In some toothpastes, coarse emery materials with a high abrasive effect (abraison) are used. This can lead to excessive wear on the tooth surface. In the case of exposed tooth necks, special care is required here, as the abrasive effect can cause real notches. It is therefore advisable to use a toothpaste with low abrasion for sensitive tooth necks. Due to the fine abrasive substances in these toothpastes, certain losses in terms of removing discoloration must be accepted, but overall the tooth surface is better protected. This discoloration can be removed by regular professional tooth cleaning without damaging the tooth surface. These toothpastes for sensitive teeth also contain special active ingredients that reduce tooth sensitivity.

What should be kept from the advertising promises for toothpaste?

Numerous toothpastes are touted with special effects such as teeth whitening and removal of smoke. Most of the time, the claims are not scientifically proven and cannot be understood by product testers, or undesirable side effects are found. Be critical and better combine home dental care with regular professional teeth cleaning.

Choice of toothpaste

Which toothpaste is right for me?

The range of toothpastes is confusing and labels promise special effects such as the whitening / whitening effect, gentle on sensitive teeth, and the healing power of certain herbs.

The offer can be grouped into three different types of toothpastes:

Universal toothpastes - promise all-round protection for both teeth and gums; protection against tooth decay is also emphasized

Sensitive toothpastes - promise optimal protection for sensitive teeth (e.g. exposed tooth necks), the low or very low abrasion should better protect sensitive teeth when brushing

Toothpastes with a white label - particularly promise white teeth. In most cases, its use is not recommended due to the high level of abrasion.

Basically, when choosing, you should make sure that the toothpaste contains fluoride. This is also the case with most of the toothpastes available on the market. Fluorides support the re-mineralization of the tooth surface. This makes the teeth more resistant to acids and prevents tooth decay. In the case of fluoride-free toothpastes, independent product tests have found unsatisfactory caries prophylaxis

What alternatives to classic toothpaste in a tube are there?

In addition to tube toothpaste, there are a number of alternative forms. These include tooth oils, tooth chalk, toothpaste in glass, tooth soap, tooth powder, solid toothpaste on a stick or in a block.

For example, the solid toothpaste is touted as being useful when traveling. Because with a solid toothpaste you can break off a piece and take just as much with you on the journey as you need.

In principle, solid toothpastes are not new inventions, as dental soap was used around 200 years ago. During this time, the wet toothbrush was brushed over the dental soap in a similar way to a shaving brush with shaving soap and thus the dental soap was applied to the bristles. This is how it works today: (1) moisten the toothbrush, (2) stroke the wet toothbrush over the solid toothpaste and (3) you can start brushing your teeth.

Alternatively, there are also toothbrush tablets or dental care tablets. The toothpaste tabs are chewed with a little water and then the teeth are brushed with the mass.

Caution is advised with the alternative toothpaste forms in several ways. It is important to note, for example, which recipe is used. Because some manufacturers do without fluoride, which has been proven to offer protection against tooth decay. Another point worth noting is the hygienic storage of the alternative toothpaste forms. This requires more care than with the tooth tube, since here hygienic protection is automatically given, provided the lid is well closed on the tube.

6 tips for toothpaste / cream

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

  • 1. Fluorides

    ... the toothpaste should contain fluoride

  • 2. Medium abrasion

    ... the abrasive effect of the toothpaste should be in the medium range and should not contain any coarse abrasives.

  • 3. Low abrasion

    ... a toothpaste with a low abrasive effect should be selected for sensitive teeth.

  • 4. Critical

    ... in relation to special claims (advertising promises).

  • 5th prize

    ... is negligible as a quality criterion.

  • 6. Taste

    ... trust in your individual taste - it is usually also a sign of whether a toothpaste suits you or not.


It is believed that the first toothpaste was made in Egypt around 5,000 years ago. The Egyptians mainly used flour made from pumice stone, a porous glassy volcanic rock, and wine. In many cultures, tooth powder was used as a precursor to toothpaste to remove plaque. Washington W. Sheffield is credited with producing the first toothpaste similar to today's toothpastes. From 1850 he made his toothpaste and sold it with increasing success.


How do I best clean my interdental spaces and with what?


The best cleaning technique

What is the best way to clean my teeth? Is there a specific cleaning technique?


Tongue care

Why do I have to clean my tongue and with what?


© Copyright 2017 - All rights reserved.

Cookies facilitate the provision of our services. By using our services, you consent to our use of cookies. More information