FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What makes SWISSDENT different from standard toothpastes? There are already so many toothpastes, so why do we need SWISSDENT?
What can SWISSDENT do better than the rest?
SWISSDENT has various patents, including for Oxygard® technology. What is that?
Oxygard® is a name registered by SWISSDENT for a bleaching technology. Chlorine is used for bleaching rather than calcium peroxide (oxygen).
What is the difference of SWISSDENT to other oral care products?
The difference to any other toothpaste, toothbrush or mouthspray lies in the patented SWISSDENT innovations and high tech production made in Switzerland.
How does SWISSDENT whitening toothpaste work?
EXTREME and GENTLE:
What’s the difference between SWISSDENT EXTREME and SWISSDENT GENTLE toothpastes?
SWISSDENT EXTREME is especially suitable for teeth with strong discolouration from tobacco, tea, coffee or red wine. SWISSDENT GENTLE is suitable for mild discolouration and sensitive teeth.
All four SWISSDENT toothpastes are whitening, but who are BIOCARE and CRYSTAL intended for?
BIOCARE: hardens the dental enamel from the outside in, using “elephant grass” - an ingredient that is found in normal grass and makes sure that cows and horses don’t have cavities... It is fluoride-free and therefore suitable for people with titanium implants (titanium oxidises with fluoride) and sensitive gums. Recommended for children (children can overdose on fluoride if they swallow toothpaste).
How long and how often should I use SWISSDENT toothpastes for?
Just like any other toothpaste - daily. We recommend cleaning your teeth three times a day for two minutes.
How white do teeth get?
It depends on the structure and quality of the teeth. Even in professional bleaching: no dentist can guarantee a certain degree of whitening.
How long will it be until you can see the difference?
You will need to use at least one full tube before you see a difference. It depends on the type of discolouration, your nutrition and your cleaning habits. It also depends how deep the colour has set into the tooth (extrinsic or intrinsic). For strong discolouration, we recommend using SWISSDENT EXTREME mouth spray and SWISSDENT EXTREME whitening mouthwash to increase the effects of the toothpaste.
Can I use GENTLE or EXTREME if I already have white teeth?
Yes, this will simply prevent discolouration through gentle polishing.
Can I use SWISSDENT with an electric toothbrush?
Yes, we recommend a sonic toothbrush.
Are there any side effects?
Allergies are possible in isolated cases - like with any toothpaste. If you have allergies, you should carefully check the list of ingredients. For people with a fluoride allergy, we recommend our CRYSTAL or BIOCARE toothpastes.
Can you use SWISSDENT if you have crowns or bridges?
Yes, you can use all of the toothpastes. SWISSDENT EXTREME can polish the ceramic or plastic, but cannot change the base colour of the material. Ask your dentist if you are not satisfied with the colour of your bridge or crown.
Does SWISSDENT damage alloys or fillings (gold/ceramic/plastic)?
No, using SWISSDENT won’t cause any damage.
Can I use SWISSDENT toothpaste if I have sensitive teeth?
Are SWISSDENT toothpastes harmful for children?
As children are prone to swallowing a larger amount of toothpaste and therefore absorbing too much fluoride, SWISSDENT is only recommended from the age of six like any other adult toothpaste. Children under the age of six should use special toothpaste designed for children. Fluoride-free SWISSDENT CRYSTAL and BIOCARE are harmless for children to use.
I have an implant. Which toothpaste should I use?
Based on the latest tests, we have to recommend fluoride-free toothpaste because fluoride can corrode implant alloys - titanium. We therefore recommend SWISSDENT CRYSTAL or BIOCARE.
ABRASIVENESS & CLEANING EFFECT
Why is SWISSDENT less abrasive?
It uses enzymes and fine polishing bodies (silicates) rather than coarse abrasives. Standard toothpastes use sand or marble dust to scratch away the dirt.
But you need some abrasion for a proper clean? How can it work without?
Despite a low RDA, SWISSDENT has a high PCR (pellicle cleaning ratio). The PCR measures cleaning performance. Enzymes contribute to this high cleaning performance, as they soften plaque so it “falls” from the tooth more easily. (Same principle as laundry detergent).
Are enzymes harmful to dental enamel?
SWISSDENT is harmless for dental enamel, as natural enzymes are used for a gentle clean. Most toothpastes use coarse abrasives that can damage the enamel.
What do the pineapple enzymes (bromelain) and papaya enzymes (papain) in EXTREME and GENTLE do?
They help to gently loosen plaque. This frees the way for the whitening agent (CaO2), as this can move between the dental enamel crystals.
What are the silicates (fine polishing agents) in EXTREME and GENTLE and what do they do?
The micro-silicates in SWISSDENT toothpastes are natural minerals. They are used to polish the tooth’s surface.
What does the co-enzyme Q10 do?
It is an immuno-activator and protects the gums.
What is the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in EXTREME and what does it do?
It neutralises aggressive acids and gently polishes the surface of the teeth.
What does the Vitamin E in SWISSDENT do?
Vitamin E helps to keep gums healthy by reducing inflammatory free radicals in the mouth, supporting healing.
What does the fluoride in SWISSDENT do?
Fluoride hardens the enamel and prevents cavities. Dentists generally prefer fluoride-containing toothpastes, and this is the standard teaching in most universities. For patients with titanium implants, we recommend toothpastes without fluoride as titanium can corrode on contact with fluoride.
DEFINITIONS & GENERAL QUESTIONS
What is «whitening»?
«Whitening» is a general term meaning «using some kind of technology to brighten teeth». In the simplest case, discolouration is manually removed using a toothbrush and toothpaste. Bleaching is the lightening of colour pigments using oxidation (oxygen or chlorine).
What is the difference to a professional dentist bleaching?
Dentists use much higher concentrations of oxidisation agents (up to 40% hydrogen peroxide (=H2O2)).
What is micro-technology?
Micro-technology is the use of very small particles. The smaller an ingredient is, the better it can reach the places it is intended to work. SWISSDENT GENTLE and EXTREME toothpastes contain micro-sized calcium peroxide - a highly effective whitening agent: calcium ensures better hold to the dental enamel. Micro-particles have a large surface area at a minimal volume, making them much more intensive. They are so small that they can move between the hydroxylapatite crystals in the enamel.
What is biomimetics?
Biomimetics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems that serve as models for the construction and development of ingredients. Biomimetics describes mechanisms that the body uses to make teeth.
What is remineralisation?
Remineralisation means the binding of minerals into the crystal structure of the tooth (hydroxylapatite). SWISSDENT CRYSTAL remineralises and applies a new layer to the dentine, reducing sensitivity and creating a protective film.
What are parabens?
They are actually natural preservatives, also found in apple peel to prevent the fruit from rotting. Today, certain synthetic parabens are sold and partially even banned because they cause allergic reactions.
There is a trend for black toothpaste with activated charcoal. Does it work?
No! Only pure activated charcoal works directly on the teeth! But when you mix activated charcoal with toothpaste, it starts to react (“active”) and is long deactivated by the time you get it out of the tube.
Are SWISSDENT products vegan?
Yes! We do not test on animals and do not use any animal products.
Do SWISSDENT products contain microplastics?
Where is SWISSDENT made?
SWISSDENT products are 100% made and packaged in Switzerland. SWISSDENT does not have any of its own factories, but commissions specialised Swiss companies under the condition that patented recipes are followed and exclusively produced for SWISSDENT.
Why does it say SWISSDENT GmbH in Achern DE on the tube?
The German SWISSDENT subsidiary is our official EU importer. We are required by law to state the responsible importer in the EU on the tube.
Why is SWISSDENT so expensive?
When making our products, the priority is not the cheapest possible price of ingredients, rather the effectiveness and latest studies on effectiveness. Also, everything is produced and tested in Switzerland using intricate high-tech processes.
The difference between fluorine and fluoride
What can I do if I have other questions about SWISSDENT?
Contact us with the Contactform