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Do we need fluoride toothpaste?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 13, 2010 at 2:16 PM

If the paleo diet has little or no sugar in it, do we still have to worry about cavities? And, if not - does that make fluoride toothpaste unnecessary?

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on December 30, 2013
at 12:33 AM

Could you please link me to some peer reviewed scientific journals explaining more about this? My brother refuses to believe that fluoride is bad for you

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

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on March 14, 2010
at 04:21 AM

I was about to ask you how to remove fluoride but I decided to make it a top-level question instead: http://paleohacks.com/questions/2077/how-does-one-remove-fluoride-from-water

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on March 13, 2010
at 02:56 PM

I have not used fluoride toothpaste in many years. I highly recommend against it. Baking soda and a little coconut oil makes a simple, effective toothpaste.

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on March 13, 2010
at 02:20 PM

I worry more about flouride!

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58a55f0986b8f49a8bc5666e10492569

on March 16, 2010
at 05:01 AM

No. To my knowledge, it has never been proven that there is any need for fluoride in human nutrition. The studies purporting to show that fluoride protects your teeth were deeply flawed, and funded by aluminum and fertilizer companies that were getting sued for releasing fluoride from their manufacturing facilities. In one of the most successful marketing campaigns in all history, they managed to convince people that fluoride is beneficial. But that is a complete myth.

Fluoride causes bone cancer, especially in boys, osteoporosis, thyroid problems (it was once used to damage the thyroid in an attempt to cure hyperthyroidism) and many other health problems. Most European countries no longer fluoridate the water.

Reference: Fluoride Action Network.

"You have been led to believe the fluorine makes teeth harder. The fact is, it actually makes teeth softer." -- George Meinig, a founder of the American Academy of Endodontics

The most important things for preventing tooth decay are: eliminate fructose and get enough Vitamin D3 and K2. Fluoride has nothing to do with it.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on December 30, 2013
at 12:33 AM

Could you please link me to some peer reviewed scientific journals explaining more about this? My brother refuses to believe that fluoride is bad for you

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D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

on March 13, 2010
at 09:15 PM

I use fluoride-free toothpaste because I too worry about fluoride (and remove it from my water). I've tried various brands; Jason Natural Cosmetics Sea Fresh Sea-Sourced Toothpaste seems to be my favorite at present.

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on March 14, 2010
at 04:21 AM

I was about to ask you how to remove fluoride but I decided to make it a top-level question instead: http://paleohacks.com/questions/2077/how-does-one-remove-fluoride-from-water

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C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

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on March 13, 2010
at 06:11 PM

Unnecessary.

My town fluoridates the tap water, grrr, so I stopped using fluoride toothpastes about a year ago. My teeth are fine. I use Weleda Salt or Ratanhia toothpaste which is very expensive in a store like Whole Fuds but which can be purchased from amazon.com for $2-3 per tube.

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8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on March 20, 2010
at 11:01 AM

I stopped using toothpaste entirely since it is the act of brushing that cleans your teeth NOT the toothpaste. I just brush teeth, gums, and tongue twice as long and with warm water and my mouth feels super clean.

If I feel particularly scungey or feel the need to sweeten my breath, then I use a wee bit of baking soda (or grab a mint leaf out of the garden!) ;)

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A1ae6a36ca0f4210882603e1255ea42d

on March 16, 2010
at 05:30 PM

I also try to avoid flouride -- Tom's has a flouride-free toothpaste

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on January 01, 2014
at 12:43 PM

@PilatesGatekeeper I was troubled when I noticed the "poison" warnings on the back of my toothpaste tube and mouthwash. Most folks don't even notice it - I didn't. Scary stuff. Did some researching and found Wellness Mama's remineralizing tooth powder recipe a few months ago, and have been using it ever since. It's wonderful!

Activated charcoal (which was once a common ingredient in toothpaste and replaced with chemicals due to the "ick factor" by consumers) works beautifully as an all natural tooth whitener. It's the same stuff hospitals use to pump the stomach. It was a little intimidating at first - who wants to put powdery black stuff in their mouth? I took the plunge, used it daily for a few days, and now use it once or twice a week. Works great :o)

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Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on December 30, 2013
at 02:45 PM

Strong woo in this thread....well I guess if you like your teeth nice and yellow and your bones brittle and weak you can leave out the flouride. And by the way, flouride is found naturally in tea, vegetables, and fruits, so if you're trying to run away from it good luck, it's going to find you.

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on December 26, 2013
at 08:17 PM

fluoride = poison

End of story.

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A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on December 24, 2013
at 02:25 AM

Flouride can actually weaken the teeth, contrary to what everyone says, and many commercial toothpastes contain sugar (SUGAR!?). So while there may be many indigenous peoples with perfect teeth who have no modern dentistry, I personally happen to be fond of Wellness Mama's tooth powder http://wellnessmama.com/5252/remineralizing-tooth-powder-recipe/ combined with morning oil pulling, and a low starch and sugar, low phytic acid, high healthy fat, high vitamin A, D, E, K, and magnesium diet for oral health. Bottom line: Just say no to flouride

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