Fluoride-free toothpaste has been cropping up on shelves for a while now. But should you even be giving these a second glance? Hm.
Per Colgate, “fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible. Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family’s teeth strong — no matter their ages*”
So, it is absolutely essential that it makes its way into your toothpaste?
The ADA recommends that kids under the age of two use a fluoride-free toothpaste, as it is possible for them to swallow too much of it otherwise (and you should keep an eye on how much toothpaste they are using at any age, for the record). Those with fluoride allergies should also consider steering clear of traditional fluoride toothpastes, for obvious reasons.
If you don’t fall into any of the aforementioned categories, your best bet is to stick with an ADA-approved option that contains the recommended amount of fluoride. But you can totally talk it over with your dentist for further clarity and information.
Happy to answer any questions.