If you’re like most everyone else, you probably grew up using standard fluoride toothpastes like Colgate or Crest. There were very few oral care choices back then, unlike what we’re seeing now. Today, we have the luxury of choosing between fluoride and non-fluoride options. And the products for each run aplenty.
But before we go to the pros and cons of fluoride and non-fluoride, let’s correct a common misconception first. Fluoride, unlike what some believe, is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in soil, water, rock, and air. So it’s not a case of organic versus non-organic toothpastes here.
In the quest for completely organic products, many have turned to fluoride-free toothpastes thinking that fluoride is a synthetic ingredient. But it’s not, although fluoride-free provides some benefits to users. For example, non-fluoride teeth cleaners:
- Are great for little ones who usually have a difficult time spitting out toothpaste after brushing. A fluoride-free option can prevent fluorosis, which is caused by an overexposure to fluoride.
- Are recommended if you are allergic to fluoride. Fluoride allergy usually comes out in the form of cheilitis (severely chapped lips) or a rash around the mouth. Using non-fluoridated products will keep your mouth clean and resolve the issue.
However, a disadvantage with non-fluoride ones is that while these can clean teeth, they won’t be as effective as fluoridated toothpastes in preventing tooth decay.
Many toothpastes contain fluoride and for good reason. Fluoride has been shown in numerous studies to:
- Reduce plaque and remove tartar. Brushing with fluoride twice a day will help disrupt the development of plaque and buildup of tartar.
- Prevent tooth decay. Fluoride can lessen the risk of tooth enamel demineralization. And if your teeth are already undergoing demineralization, the fluoride can help them remineralize (rebuild).
- Help reduce teeth sensitivity. Fluoride can be applied to the sensitive areas of the teeth to strengthen the enamel and reduce pain.
- Protect teeth against bacteria. The fluoride in your toothpaste, mouthwash, or dental treatments provides constant protection against bacteria that will try to break down your enamel as fluorapatite crystals are less susceptible to bacteria than hydroxyapatite.
Of course, fluoride can also be dangerous when large amounts are ingested. But in small and regulated doses, they should be safe for you to use.
We’ll help you choose.
At White Dental Studio, we respect your choices. We have approachable and friendly staff who are willing to go over fluoride and non-fluoride products with you to help you choose which fits you best. We also provide fluoride and non-fluoride treatment options, should you need them. Call 541-708-6288, and book an appointment with us today.