Revue Belge de Médecine Dentaire vol:65 issue:2 pages:60-86
Toothpastes remain a frequently used auxilary in oral hygiene. Although some new components have been introduced, the base composition does not differ much between toothpaste types. Concerning toothpastes there is a thin border between cosmetics and drugs and it becomes more and more difficult for oral health care workers to prescribe the right toothpaste for the right patient. Production companies are frequently using commercial advertisements to promote their product. In this way, it's getting more and more difficult for the dentist (and patient) to find the suitable product. This literature review aims to search for scientific evidence for toothpaste components and their clinical use. In this way the review can be used as a compendium for health care workers to make the right choice in prescribing toothpastes. Furthermore all available toothpastes on the Belgian market are listed, following their composition.