Finding Non-Fluoridated Toothpaste, Tooth Powders, Mouthwash, and a Fluoride-Free Dentist
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As more people become aware of the closely guarded fact that cavities are not caused by a a lack of fluoride but by poor diet, fluoride-free toothpaste is becoming easier and easier to find.
You will find a variety of options at local health food stores. For years, I used Jason Natural PowerSmile Whitening Paste but recently started experimenting with options that do not include glycerin which is thought to inhibit remineralization.
This coconut oil toothpaste from The Dirt is fluoride, SLS, paraben and glycerin free. It contains ultra-fine bentonite clay as a mild abrasive and food-grade essential oils for flavoring. They also boost the antiseptic and antibacterial benefits.
Another thing I like about this toothpaste is that it is completely safe to eat. This is particularly beneficial if, like me, you on occasion find that you drank your last drop of bottled water before brushing your teeth while staying at a hotel in a fluoridated city. If you prefer tooth powder, they make a bunch of those, too.
The Dirt also offers a fluoride-free mouthwash made from fractionated coconut oil that doubles for use in oil pulling, just don't spit it down the drain (in the toilet or a trash can is best).
A low budget mouthwash option that works much better than it sounds is salt water. Just add a tablespoon of sea salt to eight ounces of warm distilled water in a mason jar. Then shake and store in your bathroom cabinet like you would with regular mouthwash. It is surprisingly refreshing. My copper tongue scraper and a salt water rinse are often the first things I reach for when I wake up in the morning.
Some common brands of floss are made with fluorinated chemicals that have been shown to accumulate in the blood stream. Dr. Tung's Smart Floss is free of fluorinated chemicals and I like how it expands between the teeth, but unfortunately they still use plastic packaging.
The Dirt offers a plastic-free floss that is also biodegradable, as well as bamboo toothbrushes. After seeing one-too-many plastic toothbrushes washed up on the beach, this is one disposable plastic item I hope we all start moving away from soon.
Oh, and if you need help finding a fluoride-free dentist, here are some online directories to get you started:
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