Fluoride free toothpaste
Fluoride, in adequate doses, is good for your teeth, and necessary to help stop tooth decay. It’s in our drinking water, whether or not we want it there. Fluoride helps to make teeth more resistant to decay by limiting the ability of plaque bacteria to produce acid. It’s become apparent in recent years that it’s not necessary to have it in toothpaste and other oral health products as well as in water.
Excessive fluoride can lead to something called dental fluorosis in children which shows itself as lines and marks on teeth which can lead to permanent damage if not diagnosed by a dentist. It has also been linked to stomach problems and damage to thyroid function, although research is still being carried out into this. The general consensus nowadays is that there is sufficient fluoride in drinking water and there’s no need to supplement it.
We have 4 toothpastes and a mouthwash in the shop without fluoride. They all have natural ingredients and are made by Sarakan and Green People:
Sarakan’s products are made with the fibrous branches of the Salvadora persica shrub, which is widespread throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. “Thanks to this powerful natural extract, Sarakan helps keep teeth and gums healthy without fluoride, sodium lauryl sulphate, sweeteners, artificial colours or animal-derived ingredients.”
All Green People products are organic and made with natural ingredients, with no SLS or harsh chemicals. They are flavoured with essential oils and their tooth health products don’t have any fluoride in them.