The Difference Between Fluoride and Non-Fluoride Toothpaste — What Should I Be Using?
By: Jenn Moss
Teeth play a major part in our lives. They allow us to chew and mash foods, and serve as the buffer before digestion. Additionally, we like to take care of our dental hygiene to feel like our best, confident selves when we smile. We go to the dentist for cleanings, and fluoride treatments. But when it comes time to take care of our teeth at home, there can be some confusion around the best practices. One of the main ones being choosing the right toothpaste!
Being an adult and making adult decisions can be challenging. A big dilemma that is faced is whether or not to get toothpaste that contains fluoride or opt for a version without. In this article, we talk about the differences between the two, to help you decide what is the best option for you.
Let us start here.
What Exactly is Fluoride Anyways?
It is a natural mineral that is thought to prevent tooth-decay, deterioration, and cavity prevention.
Why use Fluoride Containing Toothpaste?
Our number one goal with dental hygiene is keeping our teeth strong, clean, and intact. Fluoride helps this mission by providing the teeth with remineralization and attracting minerals to the teeth upon absorption. This helps to keep them hard. With the addition of fluoride added directly to the teeth, we can help to re-mineralize already existing cavities as well.
A big argument that adults make for using fluoride-free toothpaste is that they are in contact with fluoride in their day to day lives. For example, a lot of municipal water is treated with fluoride, so some feel they get enough access to it through this. There is a fear of over subjection of fluoride. However, just drinking and using the water for teeth brushing may not be enough.
So What Should I Choose?
Although this is a personal choice, you may want to opt on the safer side and choose a toothpaste with fluoride. Its properties are designed to help keep your teeth in shape, and there are not any immediate health reasons why you should not. To get the full benefits of fluoride, it should be applied directly to the teeth. So the idea that you get enough fluoride exposure from municipal water may not hold steady.
A Caveat to Consider
There are a few chemicals sometimes found in toothpaste containing fluoride that cause an allergic reaction. The best option to combat this is to choose a natural toothpaste that is free from these.