Fluoride Free Toothpaste
Should toothpaste have fluoride? This is a continuing debate and there are salient points on both sides of the argument. At truthpaste we have researched this in depth and decided that we want to offer a choice.
There is much evidence to suggest that fluoride is great for your oral care routine, some would argue that it is necessary for healthy tooth enamel and fighting plaque. Whilst there is strong evidence to support this, it’s important to look at the concerns surrounding fluoride too, and why many make a conscious choice to avoid it.
Fluorosis - described as “very fine pearly white lines or flecking on the surface of the teeth. Severe fluorosis can cause the tooth's enamel to become pitted or discoloured.” This is a condition that occurs when developing teeth are overly exposed to fluoride whilst still developing, usually in children under 8 years who are growing their adult teeth.
Fluoride toxicity - Realistically, it is very rarely found in adults in developed parts of the world. 80% of cases are found in children under the age of six due to ingesting toothpaste or mouthwash containing fluoride.
There are larger concerns linking the use of fluoride to certain types of bone cancer. It is important to note that these concerns stem from the fluoridation of water sources and not from dental products. However, the concerns are what lead may to seek a fluoride free alternative.
We will always actively encourage and recommend that your own research is crucial when making the decision to use toothpaste with or without fluoride. Your dentist or dental hygienist is the best person to speak with regarding your teeth, and the best way to keep your mouth healthy.