July 09, 2018

Are you trying to keep your distance from fluoride? Maybe you've read some some of the unsavory things about fluoride and you've decided that it's time to for you and your family to move on without it. Well, the best way to start saying no to fluoride is to filter your drinking water. If you're worried about continued fluoride consumption, then this is the most important part. That's because most of the fluoride that we consume on a daily basis comes directly from our tap water. Using a lab-tested and qualified filter will ensure that you will be cutting your fluoride intake by up to 90%. 

The second best way that we know of for avoiding fluoride is to quit using fluoridated toothpaste. Unfortunately, most commercially available toothpaste, especially in the United States, contains fluoride. And while the industry has listened to shifting demands, the options for fluoride-free toothpaste still remain quite low. There are, however, a number of natural alternatives to regular toothpaste that you might be interested in trying. Each type of natural toothpaste can be easily found online, in natural food stores or made at home.  Please be advised that Aquagear is is not responsible for your dental care. The alternatives listed below are nothing more than naturopathic substitutes commonly found on various independent health blogs online. Please consult your dentist before trying any of these methods.

fluoride free coconut oil

An example of high-quality virgin coconut oil which can be used as a substitute for fluoridated toothpaste.

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is chalk full of antibacterial properties and can be a great alternative to traditional toothpaste. You can use only 100% virgin coconut oil by just slathering it on your toothbrush, or you can concoct your own "paste" by following a recipe. And if you're not so inclined to "do-it-yourself," there are tons of natural coconut oil toothpaste to choose from in most health food stores. 

neem tree india

Neem trees in India.

2. Neem

Neem is a tree that grows in tropical and sub-tropical environments. It is native to regions like India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The leaves and twigs from the neem tree have been used for teeth cleaning in this region for thousands of years. Nowadays, many people have started incorporating the powerful antimicrobial benefits of neem into their toothpaste. According to Livestrong, "Read labels carefully when buying neem toothpaste. If you are looking for a completely natural product, make certain that is what you are buying – many manufacturers simply add neem to existing toothpaste that contains fluoride and other chemicals."

 

3. Myrrh

Myrrh is an herbal resin that helps to promote a naturally clean and healthy mouth. Many Most good, high-quality fluoride free toothpaste contains myrrh. You can identify if myrrh is present by reading the ingredients label of natural toothpaste. Myrrh is said to help battle bad breath and in natural pharmacies, it is prescribed as a painkiller for a toothache.