Is your toothpaste safe?
With so many brands and types of toothpaste in the market, and with as many advertising claims, it can be a daunting task to choose the right one. The first step towards maintaining of dental hygiene is the use of the right tooth paste. However, the Indian market is flooded with a variety of toothpastes, each one making its own claim. If one promises to give us sparkling white teeth, the other promises to protect our gums.
Everyone’s body chemistry is different. You may find that particular toothpaste does not make your mouth feel as clean or refreshed as you would like. You may become sensitive to a certain ingredient. If you experience these or other symptoms, try changing the brand or type of toothpaste. Of course, if you have an allergic reaction or experience continuing symptoms, you should seek medical assistance right away.
So what might suit one might not suit the other person.
We tested eight toothpaste brands on attributes that determine their efficacy. These include Colgate, Closeup, Pepsodent, Sensodyne, Himalaya Sparkling white, Himalaya Complete care, Meswak and Babool. Do these fulfil the basic requirements specified in the national standard? The good thing is that the restrictions for fluoride are clearly being adhered to by all manufacturers, ensuring that these toothpastes are safe for dental care.
The samples were tested as per specifications in Indian Standard 6356 –2001, with amendments that cover non-fluoride/fluoridated type of toothpastes. The tests were conducted at an NABL-accredited laboratory. The parameters on which these toothpastes were tested included presence of nicotine and heavy metals, microbiological contamination, fluoride ion, fineness, foaming power, dispensing, inertness, gritty matter, pH and stability.
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