Not sure which fluoride free toothpaste is best? We’ve got you covered.
With natural products being all the rage, trying to find the best one can be overwhelming. There seem to be endless options, so picking just one from the toothpaste aisle can feel like playing a game of “eeny meeny miny moe”.
But when you’re thinking about toothpaste, a great filter to start with is thinking through the toothpaste ingredients to avoid. Afterall, there are a lot of unnatural ingredients commonly added to toothpastes. And when you think about something you’re going to be putting in your mouth, you want to make sure you know what’s in it!
That said, fluoride is definitely at the top of our recommended list of ingredients to avoid. While it can help provide a barrier for your enamel, that’s not the full story—it can also harm your oral and overall health.
So, we recommend narrowing down your toothpaste selection by ruling out any that contain fluoride.
So, what even is fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is released into the air, soil, and water through rocks. It is also produced synthetically for use in drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwashes and various chemical products.
When did fluoride start getting added to toothpaste?
In the early and mid 1900s, fluoride started being popular and used by dentists to strengthen tooth enamel damaged by acids. In fact, it became so popular that in the 1940s, communities began adding fluoride to their water—and today it is very common for fluoride to be added to water supplies.
So, is fluoride actually bad for your teeth?
The theory that fluoride prevents acid erosion is incomplete. What we’re learning more and more is that while fluoride may act as a “cover” for teeth enamel, “protecting” teeth from acid, it doesn’t actually heal or remineralize tooth enamel. In fact, it can actually prevent good minerals from absorbing, making enamel weaker and more susceptible to decay in the long run.
And not just that, excessive ingestion of fluoride can cause a disease called fluorosis. Fluorosis affects the teeth and bones, causing skeletal issues, thyroid problems, and neurological problems.
Current research points to excess sugar in your diet, too much phytic acid, deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins, insufficient mineral intake, and imbalanced salivary pH as some of the biggest causes of tooth decay. Not fluoride intake.
So, when possible, avoid fluoride in your toothpaste and instead focus on your diet and cleaning your teeth with natural ingredients to make sure you’re naturally giving your teeth the minerals and nutrients needed to stay strong and remineralize.
So, what is the best fluoride free toothpaste?
The good news is, there are a lot of great natural toothpaste options to choose from! We recommend familiarizing yourself with all the ingredients in any natural toothpaste you’re considering purchasing so that you know exactly what you are putting in your body. Fluoride is just one ingredient to avoid. There are several other ingredients we also recommend stay away from.
At Pearl Oral Health, we only use all natural and quality ingredients in all our products, including toothpaste. We’ve used a variety of natural products over the years, however we wanted to be able to select the best ingredients and use a toothpaste that we know is the best when it comes to natural ingredients.
Which is why we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be launching our own Pearl Natural Toothpaste soon! You’ll be able to rest easy knowing there won’t be harmful ingredients—like fluoride—to worry about. And you can feel good and healthy when you brush your teeth.
This new toothpaste releases very soon and we’ll launch with a limited amount, so get on the launch list to know when it’s first available!