The Toothfriendly logo was created in 1982 on an initiative of the Swiss University Dental Faculties to distinguish confectionery products that are safe to teeth, i.e. are non-cariogenic and non- erosive. In the same year, the first pH-telemetry test institute was opened at the University of Zurich to enable the measurement of Toothfriendly products in human volunteers.
In 1982, also the Swiss Toothfriendly Association (Aktion Zahnfreundlich Schweiz) was established in Basel. Today, the association counts over 500 members. A survey conducted in 2010 shows that over 90% of the Swiss population recognize the Toothfriendly label. Thanks to a prevention-minded oral health education system, most Swiss children learn about the benefits of the Toothfriendly label already in primary school.
Germany was the second country to introduce the Toothfriendly label in 1985. Today, the German Toothfriendly Association (Aktion zahnfreundlich e.V.) counts over 700 members.
In 1989, a new association, Toothfriendly International, was established to license the Toothfriendly trademark to companies outside the Swiss and German borders. New action groups were established in Turkey, Belgium, UK, Spain and Argentina.
The Toothfriendly label made its big debut in Asia in the early 1990’s. New action groups were established in South Korea and Japan, and later also in China and Thailand.
In 1997, a new Toothfriendly Association, Diş Dostu Dernegi, was established in Turkey. Today, the association publishes a tri-annual Dental Journal, hosts active Dis Dostu Dental Clubs at the Universities and counts over 10’000 followers in its social media platforms.
2001 SOCIAL PROJECTS
The first Toothfriendly social project was initiated in Turkey in 2001. Disler Yolunda (“Every Tooth is Alright”) provides free dental care and education for underprivileged children. In 2007, a similar school- based caries prevention project was introduced in Romania.
2004 INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
Since 2004, dental professionals have the possibility of becoming supporting members. Today, the national Toothfriendly associations count over 1000 individual members worldwide.
2005 TEAMING UP WITH ORAL CARE MANUFACTURERS
In 2005, the first tooth brush and toothpaste manufacturers became partners of Toothfriendly International. To make sure that our partners live up to their promises, an independent Advisory Board evaluates each case to ensure that manufacturer’s claims are backed up by reliable scientific evidence.
2006 AWARDING PREVENTION-MINDED SERVICES
In 2006, over 100 Swiss playgroups and nurseries following the guidelines of the association are accredited as “Toothfriendly”. Since 2010, the Turkish dental practises are being certified as “Toothfriendly Clinics” according to strict quality criteria.
2008 PACIFIERS & FLUORIDATED SALT
In 2008, the first pacifier which does not provoke open bite – as demonstrated in a 27-month comparative study - was certified as Toothfriendly. The pacifier is sold under the trade name Dentistar.
In the same year, the Toothfriendly logo appears as endorsement on the first fluoridated salt product in Germany. Fluoride demonstrably strengthens dental enamel and reduces the harmful effects of plaque.
2010 TOOTHFRIENDLY BABY TEAS
In 2010, the first successful Toothfriendly beverage concept was introduced by the German baby nutrition specialist Hipp. Hipp's baby teas are sweetened with isomaltulose, a non-laxative carbohydrate which is guaranteed Toothfriendly.
2012 TOOTHFRIENDLY CANDY SHOP
The world's first Toothfriendly candy store was opened in 2012 in Germany by Tobias Elger, a dentist's spouse with passion for healthy ingredients. Elger's visionery perspective on sugar-free sweets was key when he established Zahnfreundchen.
2015 GUIDELINES FOR TOOTHPASTE
In 2015, Toothfriendly International issued new guidelines for the certification of children's toothpaste. Companies wishing to display the Toothfriendly logo on their product label must comply with the general provisions including fluoride content and conditions of use.
2017 FIRST CHINESE GUM
In 2017, the first major Chinese chewing gum manufacturer, Orion, commits to the Toothfriendly labelling scheme. In May 2017, Orion's Xylitol 3+ gum range receives the Toothfriendly endorsement.