Hello and welcome along to my lastest blog post. Today, I wanted to discuss the different options there are for no fluoride toothpaste. Our dentists always insist on fluoride in our toothpastes by why? What does fluoride do in comparison to fluoride free options?
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occouring mineral in water sources. Some communities will add additional fluoride into their water supplies, believing it will help with preventing individuals teeth from cavities. It’s true that fluoride is shown to help make your teeth stronger and more resistance to forming cavities. Would you be happy having this additive in your water supply without your knowledge? In addition to having it potentially in your water supply, then using a fluoride based toothpaste ontop of that cannot always be a positive thing. Fluoride is safe in monitored doses however, you can have too much Fluoride in your daily lives. Too much Fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis which is something that kids can develope if exposed to too much fluroide. It is a condition which causes white spots or lines on the teeth, even brown or grey enamel discolouration.
Should I use Fluoride free toothpaste?
This is the great debate. Some dentists have discussed pros and cons on this subject at great length. Here we have the ‘pro’ discussion; If we ate no sugar and our teeth are 100% plaque free, there would be no need for fluoride. This would mean we would have no bateria or food to cause the damage.
‘Con’ for Fluoride; The science behind fluoride is very controversial, if there is a benefit to fluoride, it’s no longer there as we are ingesting too much fluoride. We are getting 2-3 times more than the recommended amount, which can cause florosis. Stress can effect our dental health, pregnancy, hormones all play a part. This can make our teeth naturally suseptable to decay.
How much Fluoride?
The NHS recommend the following amounts of Fluoride:
Toothpastes containing 1350-1500ppm fluoride are the most effective. Your dentist may advise you to use higher-strength toothpaste if you or your child is at particular risk of tooth decay.
- Children under three years old should brush twice daily, with a smear of toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm fluoride.
- Children between three and six years old should brush at least twice daily with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing more than 1000ppm fluoride.
- Adults should brush at least twice daily with a toothpaste containing 1350-1500ppm fluoride.
Don’t use mouthwash at the same time as brushing. Use it at an alternative time, because it washes away the fluoride in the toothpaste
So best to check your toothpaste! Turns out, it might be the wrong dosage of fluoride for your teeth.
It’s your choice
Whether you decide to use fluoride based toothpastes or not, the descision is untimately up to you. If you are someone suseptable to decay and needing fillings, best to stick with it. If you have a healthy mouth and teeth, the choice is yours. Another alternative method is to introduce a fluoride free toothpaste a few times a week, giving your body a rest from all the fluoride intake. This is something I have chosen to do, I have been trying a few different types out and will be doing a product review on them soon.