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Old 19.07.2010, 17:37
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Brown and yellow teeth from toothpastes

Hi,
just thought you might want to know there are some popular Swiss toothpastes, which cause the teeth to be yellow and brown!
Recently, while at a Dental congress, I spoke to a representative from GABA, which makes ELMEX products. When I asked her about the discoloration from their products, she replied; "we Swiss are not so concerned about the whiteness of our teeth, like Americans. We want healthy teeth". Oops...
FYI....STANNOUS Fluoride (in German ZINN Fluorid) is great for fighting the bacteria, which causes dental problems, but is BAD for the color of your teeth! I can identify the ELMEX and MERIDOL patients a kilometer away.........by their YELLOW teeth....
Best to read the ingredients....look for sodium (or natrium) fluroide....does the same, without the discoloration.

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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

I get about 10 tubes of this (Beverly Hills Formula) every time I go to the UK http://www.beverlyhillsformula.com/

Tastes yummy, not too strong, and teeth definitely look and feel better.
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...When I asked her about the discoloration from their products, she replied; "we Swiss are not so concerned about the whiteness of our teeth, like Americans. We want healthy teeth"....
Really surprised by that. I automatically assume yellow teeth = smoker or too much coffee...
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

I avoid Elmex like the plague because it does discolour teeth. Has been doing so for decades.

By the way, the Swiss do care about the colour of their teeth. Unfortunately, many don't realize that Elmex is the reason for their brown teeth.
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I avoid Elmex like the plague because it does discolour teeth. Has been doing so for decades.

By the way, the Swiss do care about the colour of their teeth. Unfortunately, many don't realize that Elmex is the reason for their brown teeth.
I always thought Elmex was a German toothpaste, not a Swiss one.

My dentist says that some discoloration is due to Meridol. I don't actually use the toothpaste (I use Colgate) but I use the Meridol mouthwash. I'm actually happy with this as using it solved many other problems I was previously having. Anway, my hygientist regularly polishes my teeth which helps get rid of the discoloration.

Exageratedly Tipp-ex-white teeth as many Americans have look just as unnatural as brown ones IMHO. The natural colour is somewhere in the middle.
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Old 19.07.2010, 17:51
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By the way, the Swiss do care about the colour of their teeth. Unfortunately, many don't realize that Elmex is the reason for their brown teeth.
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

I use this toothpaste too... but I'm not entirely sure it's good... I mean it does the job and all but I never bothered looking at the ingredients and I believe there is a whitening agent that might not be 100% good for the teeth... last time I went to the dentist he almost immediately noticed that they were unnaturally white... I didn't quite make the connection at first but realised a couple of weeks after... the company's website doesn't say a lot about why this toothpaste is better than the others availalbe on the market...
Oh well I'll carry on using it for now it seems to be aright...


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I get about 10 tubes of this (Beverly Hills Formula) every time I go to the UK http://www.beverlyhillsformula.com/

Tastes yummy, not too strong, and teeth definitely look and feel better.
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Old 19.07.2010, 17:52
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

Flipin heck, I have been using Meridol for my gums. Time to change to another brand me thinks. What do you recommend instead Susan?
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

This happened to me

I went for a cleanup with my dentist, and days letter I bought Elmex.

Then I started noticing stains on my teeth. I googled that because I was angry at the fact.

I threw the toothpaste away... Why should yellow teeth be a good sign??
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Old 19.07.2010, 17:56
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

I TOTALLY agree....ultra white is NO GOOD....although I could make a lot more money selling bleaching products...I DON'T! Even my PR person is angry with me....

Please do not get me wrong...stannous fluoride does have its benefits...it is great against gingivitis....even in the US, there is a new toothpaste called PRO-HEALTH...which uses it. (does warn about discoloration) I will recommend Meridol for some patients with gum disease, as ultimately it is more important to have your teeth, than not. They should be told about the possilble side effects.

However, if you can achieve both, healthy and naturally white teeth, why not? I just thought the general public would think this information to be interesting.

And, YES, Swiss people do like naturally white teeth. As do I.
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

i've been using retardex toothpaste and mouthwash for years now and does a perfect job confirmed by my hygenist and dentist
what i particularly like about the paste, which takes a little getting used to is that it is a non foaming paste
(it's fluoride and sulphate free for the more knowledgeable of you out there )
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

Elmex is very heavy on Flouride so it can discolour

As for Swiss not being hung up on white teeth... bollocks...
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

Most toothpastes have fluoride...it is only the STANNOUS part which is bad....Fluoride is always together with another element.....just chose one without STANNOUS.....

YES...cigarettes do stain the teeth...sorry.
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

What's your opinion on Candida products from Migros?We use them all the
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Old 19.07.2010, 19:22
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

Candida is very good.....uses Sodium Fluoride....
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

Hey Superdude...where do you buy this Retardex toothpaste....I know Fluoride has become controversial....I am pretty skeptical as well....especially with the systemic type....Did you know it is put in the cooking salt here? Even when it was recommended to give it to our toddlers, as supplement pills, I cut the dosis in half...

I just wonder what it does to our bones, if it hardens our teeth so much....in any case, this thread was to address the discoloration, which is caused by stannous fluoride and not the merits of fluoride.... The topical fluoride is not as controversial, as is the systemic.

BTW, in West Texas and Colorado, fluoride can occur naturally in water.
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Flipin heck, I have been using Meridol for my gums. Time to change to another brand me thinks. What do you recommend instead Susan?

Lou, there are many good products. It is important to switch around, as the bacteria get used to any product. Just avoid STANNOUS FLUORIDE if you value naturally white teeth.

If you have gum problems, it is most important to daily remove the sticky Plaque, especially BEFORE you go to sleep. (dark, warm, moist conditions...= bacterial growth) USE only a soft toothbrush, or a good electric one, and FLOSS....(I know...no one likes it) Mouth rinses are optional...

IF your gums are bleeding, start flossing each day. IF it doesn't stop within one week (of flossing each day) ...have your teeth professionally cleaned by a professional Dental Hygienist.

HOWEVER, if you have acute gingivitis...Meridol or Chlorihexidene (Curasept 2.0) is recommended, combined with a professional cleaning...ONLY these really stain the teeth....but kill the bacteria...SOMETIMES, antibiotics must be prescribed...

I prefer to start simple first...
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What's your opinion on Candida products from Migros?We use them all the
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Re: BROWN and YELLOW teeth from toothpastes

Or you could use Elmex Intensive Clean to get rid of the discolouration .

With all due respect, Susan, I have googled the German equivalent of "discolouration by using Elmex" haven't come up with any substantial reports to support your original statement. I've heard that Elmex sensitive is prone to discolour teeth, but pretty much all the dentists and families that I know have been recommending and using Elmex toothpastes for years. I don't spy that many yellow teeth victims in my area.

I find your original post a bit of a bash against a specific product without any back-up data, with only the Gaba rep's quote to go with. Perhaps he/she was joking?

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Or you could use Elmex Intensive Clean to get rid of the discolouration .

In all respect, Susan, I have googled the German equivalent of "discolouration by using Elmex" haven't come up with any substantial reports to support your original statement. I've heard that Elmex sensitive is prone to discolour teeth, but pretty much all the dentists and families that I know have been recommending and using Elmex toothpastes for years. I don't spy that many yellow teeth victims in my area.

I find your original post a bit of a bash against a specific product without any back-up data, with only the Gaba rep's quote to go with. Perhaps he/she was joking?
When I came to Switzerland over 20 years ago, I bought Elmex and was highly disappointed in it. It left my teeth yellow. This is why I backup what Susan has been saying.
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