Are There Any Fluoride Substitutes?

I Don’t Want to Use Fluoride, … What Should I Do?

Dentists are moving away from recommending toothpastes and other products containing fluoride due to its potential toxicity. As professionals gear away from traditional methods of oral care, it’s important to know if there are any Fluoride Substitutes.

One of the easiest ways to keep your teeth free of cavities is by getting enough sunshine. Many studies have found vitamin D deficiencies are often accompanied by cavities, while people with sufficient vitamin D levels have significantly fewer cavities.

  • Vitamin D protects gums and prevents cavities when it is processed through sunlight or by the consumption of:
    • mushrooms
    • salmon
    • tuna
    • eggs
    • and many other vitamin D rich foods.

Unfortunately, the only way to know your vitamin D levels is through a blood test.

Colgate suggests several different types of ingredients that can help you fight plaque build-up, bad breath, gingivitis and stains. These ingredients are found in many toothpastes and oral care products available at organic grocery stores and online retailers.

These Ingredients Include:

  • Xylitol: Xylitol is a naturally occuring sweetener harnessed from fibrous, woody plants. Xylitol reduces plaque.
  • Polyphenols: Green Tea Extract or Polyphenols combat the bacteria inside the mouth, fighting bad breath.
  • Papaya Plant Extract: There is an enzyme found in the papaya tree that whitens teeth by removing stains left from particular foods.
  • Citric Acid: Citric acid reduces the buildup of tartar on teeth.
  • Zinc Citrate: Zinc Citrate kills the bacteria that causes gingivitis in the gums.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate and is a popular plaque fighter, whitener and stain remover.

Fluoride Substitutes for your oral routine:

Some professionals recommend Neem Oil or Coconut oil as a substitution for fluoride based oral care products. Hydrogen peroxide has also been used to whiten teeth for many decades. There are several different ways to combine hydrogen peroxide with other ingredients to create your own toothpaste.

Oral irrigation (Waterpik) can be added to your oral routine. These devices clean hard to reach areas between the teeth and remove plaque with the pressure of the fluid.

Contact us if you would like more information regarding this system of oral care.

Toothpaste Fluoride Substitutes:

If you are looking for a toothpaste with a  fluoride substitute try:

  • Nature’s Gate Fluoride Free Toothpaste
  • Jason’s NutriSmile
  • Botanique Toothpaste with Neem and Pomegranate
  • Dr. Bronners Toothpaste Peppermint

 

Sources:

Six Natural Ingredients In Flouride Free Toothpaste by Steve Auger 

Why I Changed My Mind About Water Fluoridation by John Colquhoun 

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2017-06-28T19:54:18+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Dental Practices, Fluoride, Teeth Cleaning|