A reader asked me recently which toothpaste I recommend. Should you get a fluoride-free toothpaste from the natural food store, and if so, which one?
First, I must say that I go into much more details in my course How to Heal and Prevent Dental Disasters.
You must know that what toothpaste to use is not the most important decision you’ll make when it comes to your dental health.
However, it’s still worth it to use a good toothpaste, along with the other steps I recommended in the program.
Generally, no-fluoride toothpastes are not my top choice. (Fluoride in water is another topic – and yes, I’m opposed to it).
Another thing: xylitol has been shown to prevent cavities so that the ideal toothpaste would have over 25% xylitol.
Then, I have problems with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a chemical product used in nearly all toothpaste, including health food store kind. SLS is an irritating chemical that can cause canker sores.
Then, toothpaste should not contain abrasives that can hurt your enamel, but at the same time have enough alkaline, calcium-based minerals to help the process of reenamelization.
So far I had never found any toothpaste that met those requirements!
The toothpaste I finally found two years ago was a blessing. It’s Squigle Enamel Saver.
You won’t find it in most pharmacies or health food stores and will have to order it online. But I can tell you: it’s worth it!
– It contains 36% xylitol! This is way more than most other brands and will help reduce plaque and prevent cavities.
– There’s a version without fluoride
– It doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
– It doesn’t have an overpowering mint flavor (like the one by Tom’s of Maine, which I can’t stand).
I have noticed two clear benefits since I switched to this toothpaste.
– Less plaque (my dentist was impressed). This is probably from the high xylitol content
– Whiter teeth. I didn’t notice myself, but friends of mine did!
The only issue that some people have with this toothpaste is that they don’t feel as “clean” after using it. This is only because it doesn’t foam.
In reality, it cleans teeth much better than regular kinds of toothpaste and leaves you with better breath. But some people need to feel the foam to think that they’re cleaning their teeth. This is just a perception and is not based on reality.
Overall, I’m very impressed with this toothpaste, and I would recommend it to everyone.
I recommend to use this toothpaste once a day. But, you should also follow the other steps I outlined in How to Heal and Prevent Dental Disasters, otherwise results will be limited.