Bleeding gums are not pretty. They can also be an early warning sign of unhealthy gums ridden with gum disease or worse. What can be done? Many people opt to floss more and use mouthwash, but what if there was a toothpaste that specifically targets your gums to help stop them from bleeding every time you brush? Parodontax is a product that claims to do just that, prevent gum disease and eliminate bleeding gums. But is it legit, or just a claim?
What is Parodontax & Why Choose It?
Parodontax is a specialized fluoride toothpaste created by GSK, formulated specifically to fight and kill plaque that causes bleeding gums. Its claim is to stop bleeding gums in as little as twelve weeks. Their slogan, which is likely what gets people to buy the product, is “Healthy gums don’t bleed.”
Parodontax is available in four different varieties: Clean Mint, Extra Fresh, Whitening, and Fresh Mint. Many people will choose this product for exactly what it says it can do, to stop their gums from bleeding. According to the packaging, the ingredients included in the toothpaste work together to break up and get rid of plaque, which then helps stop the gums from bleeding.
What Do Dentists Have to Say?
While there are reports of some dentists recommending this product to their patients, there are an equal number of dentists advising against it. One reason a dentist has advised against getting it is that, although it does have ingredients that can help break up plague (like baking soda), it also includes a tincture that actually shrinks the blood vessels, which can be why the gums stop bleeding after using this product.
Meanwhile, another dental specialist suggests that the claim to “eliminate bleeding gums” is by GSK to get people to buy the product, leading people to believe that it is a magic tube of toothpaste that will rid them of bleeding gums forever.
The main active ingredient in Parodontax is stannous fluoride, which you’ll find in most mainstream toothpastes on the shelf, especially ones that claim to fight plaque and gingivitis. Whatever toothpaste you choose to use that has this as an active ingredient, you are well on your way to lessening the bleeding of your gums, provided you brush often enough.
The one thing that both of these dental hygiene specialists agree on is that though Parodontax may not be the best agent in getting rid of plague, bleeding gums, and preventing gingivitis, if buying it gets you to brush your teeth on a more regular basis, than it is still doing it’s main job well: getting you to care about your dental health.
What Does the Research Have to Say?
There have been several studies done on the efficacy of Parodontax, though most of them using an older formula. One that was done in 1993 and then published in The Journal of Clinical Dentistry, studied two groups, one using Parodontax, and the other using a placebo product that still met ADA guidelines.
At the end of the six-month study, although both products worked rather well, Parodontax showed greater reduction of plaque, gingivitis, and gum bleeding. Another six-month study was done in 2013, this one to compare and contrast the results of Colgate Cavity Protection, Colgate Total, and Parodontax. A total of 135 people participated in this study, all ranging between the ages of 18 and 70, both male and female. The outcome showed that all three products performed well enough, but Colgate Total had the best results, compared to both Colgate Cavity Protection and Parodontax.
Who Is Parodontax Best For?
According to the portion of Parodontax’s website for professionals, those most prone to gingivitis and bleeding gums are both men and women aged 30 and up. They can range from having a basic knowledge of dental health but it unaware of the risk of gum disease to being anxious and wanting to know how to stop the bleeding.
Honestly, anyone who is having an issue with bleeding gums would be a prime candidate for Parodontax toothpaste. It may not be a “magic fix”, but it does do the job in getting people to care about their dental health (and do something about it).