Finding Non-Fluoridated Toothpaste, Tooth Powders, Floss, 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. Here are a few favorites:
NowFoods XyliWhite Toothpaste Gel: XyliWhite contains 25 percent xylitol, a type of sugar alcohol commonly sourced from birch trees. Xylitol works to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities.
Weleda Sea Salt Toothpaste: A pleasing mixture of baking soda, sea salt, herbs, and essential oils. Extracts of myrrh and ratanhia are added to help tighten the gum's texture. Weleda also makes a mint-free version with calendula and a plant gel toothpaste for sensitive gums.
Jason Natural PowerSmile Whitening Paste: Made from a base of bamboo powder, calcium carbonate and baking soda, this super whitening toothpaste is also infused with grapefruit seed and perilla seed extracts to help fight damaging sugar acids. I like to experiment with different types of toothpastes and powders, but this is a brand I continually come back to.
The Dirt All Natural Tooth Powders: Some people prefer tooth powders over toothpaste. The Dirt's tooth powders are made from a base of bentonite clay, baking soda, and organic stevia. They are glycerin-free.
Some common brands of floss are made with fluorinated chemicals that have been shown to accumulate in the blood stream. Look for "naturally waxed" floss to avoid brands that use these dangerous teflon-like coatings.
Dr. Tung's Smart Floss is one brand that is free of fluorinated chemicals. It might seem wider than regular floss but it is designed to expand and stretch between the teeth.
Radius mint floss is another safe option. It is spun in natural vegan candelilla wax. It also contains xylitol.
For mouthwash, a low budget, fluoride-free 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. My copper tongue scraper and a salt water rinse are often the first things I reach for when I wake up in the morning.
And if you need help finding a fluoride-free dentist, here are some online directories to get you started:
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