Toothpaste Without Fluoride: What To Know and What To Try
M.Aybe is not the time to sound like a helicopter parent, but just because we’re in the middle of a pandemic doesn’t give you an excuse to skimp on your oral hygiene. If you fail to brush your teeth, plaque can build up in less than 24 hours and cause superficial sensory problems like bad breath or discoloration, or long-term problems like gum disease. Suffice it to say that making sure you are filled with toothpaste is important – but in addition to using and using it, knowing what ingredients are in your tube is also necessary. What should you know about fluoride-free toothpaste?
If you’ve been to the dentist before (and not going out again, but I hope you have) you will recognize the name “fluoride” as the stuff you want for a healthy, happy mouth. In essence, fluoride is a tooth strengthening property that is commonly found in many oral care products. “Fluoride is an ion that helps replace minerals in your teeth,” says the dentist Nammy Patel, DDS, from Green dentistry. “Teeth are made from calcium and phosphate, and fluoride helps make your teeth stronger and more resistant to tooth decay.”
Research has consistently shown that fluoride can reduce the risk of cavities in both children and adults. However, dentist Brian Harris, DDS advises that this may not be the right choice for everyone. “Recent studies have shown that fluoride is a neurotoxic developmental agent in humans that can affect intelligence development in children,” he says.
It is also possible to have a fluoride allergy or intolerance. Dr. Harris says the most common allergic reactions to fluoride are hives, dermatitis (including skin irritations such as rashes), and stomatitis (inflammation of the tissues of the mouth). “Some people can have gastrointestinal problems too, but it’s not that common,” he says. “To check for an actual allergy, it is important that they are properly tested.”
And if you have a reason to use fluoride-free toothpaste, according to Dr. Harris can still maintain healthy oral care with an abrasive, fluoride-free toothpaste. But you still need to brush and floss daily to avoid cavities.
“Brushing and flossing is the absolute best way to prevent cavities by removing bacteria and acids from your teeth that are actually causing the cavities,” says Dr. Harris. “If you see your dentist every six months, only get topical fluoride treatment if you are prone to cavitation and assume you are not allergic to fluoride – all in moderation.”
Whatever the reason, when you are in the fluoride-free toothpaste market, you certainly have options that can be included in a completely healthy oral care routine. Below are some of our (strangely tasty) favorites.
Looking for a fluoride-free toothpaste? Try one of these 7 options
1. Bite toothpaste bits, $ 12
These adorable bite-sized toothpaste bits have an important sustainability factor: no single-use plastic tubes! They’re super cute and easy to use too. Just put one in your mouth and you’re ready to brush. It’s worth noting that Bite’s variety of flavors includes a limited edition “champagne”. So feel free to grab these if you feel like it.
Shopping now: Bite toothpaste bits, $ 12
2. Himalaya Pink Salt Toothpaste, $ 12
I have a deep love for Rael, a hygiene market that ensures you are getting the best of the best when it comes to skin care, menstrual products, and more. I would refuse not to give the brand any snapshots for their innovative toothpaste. There are two formulas – gel and liquid – for your teeth and TBH looks cute on a shelf.
Shopping now: Himalaya Pink Salt Toothpaste, $ 12
3. Public Goods Toothpaste, $ 6
Photo: Public Goods
The minimalist tube from Public Goods does not allow fluorides, parabens or phthalates to come to the party. Instead, it simply contains a touch of peppermint essential oil for flavor, as well as a number of carefully selected natural ingredients. Give it a try if you find the eccentric aroma a little uncomfortable.
Shopping now: Public Goods Toothpaste, $ 6
4. LEBON Rhythm Is Love Toothpaste, $ 12
Lebon just looks luxurious and very artfully mixes Moroccan mint with a lot of flavor. Rhythm Is Love offers ylang-ylang, which ensures an absolutely gourmet oral care experience.
Shopping now: LEBON Rhythm is Love Toothpaste, $ 12
5. Tom’s of Maine fluoride-free whitening toothpaste, spearmint, $ 5
Photo: Thrive Market
Tom’s of Maine is a fairly common major problem when it comes to fluoride-free toothpaste. It’s been around for over 40 years, making it a legacy player in the pared-back oral care game. It’s also easy to find if you just need to quickly stock up at your local drug store.
Shopping now: Tom’s of Maine Fluoride-Free Lightening Toothpaste, Spearmint, $ 5
6. Toothpaste Sampler Pack, $ 30
Photo: Natural smile products
Natural Smile Products produce (you guessed it!) Natural, vegan, ethical products with a wonderful selection of toothpastes. Upon arrival in adorable little containers, choose from four flavors: mint and charcoal, cinnamon and clove, vanilla and lavender, and ginger and turmeric. Or don’t choose at all – the sampler will let you fill in your favorite flavor and find out!
Shopping now: Toothpaste Sampler Pack, $ 30
7. Schmidt’s jasmine + mint tooth + mouthpaste, $ 6
Finally, there is Schmidt’s, a beautiful, vitamin-enriched preparation that you can press onto your bristles. This combination of jasmine and spearmint isn’t just an elegant mix. There is also a mini line of herbal toothpaste for children.
Shopping now: Schmidt’s jasmine + mint tooth + mouthpaste, $ 6
Ultimately, choosing what to look for in a toothpaste isn’t as simple as demonizing fluoride or saying that you have to use this or that. Try to figure out what works best for you and know that you have some delicious options to try out. And if you’re not sure what makes the most sense for you (or if you experience tooth sensitivity or other pain while brushing your teeth), see a dentist.
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