A lot of effort is required to have a beautiful smile.
Luckily, we have access to a whole range of dental hygiene products, including toothbrushes designed to scrub away plaque, toothpaste made with natural ingredients, eco-friendly floss, and mouthwash to ensure there is nothing bad left in your mouth!
Our oral hygiene routine should be customized to us specifically! This is because each of us has different needs when it comes to oral health—which is a combination of lifestyle, diet, family history, and your dedication to your oral hygiene routine.
So, with how important oral hygiene is, can all-natural, non-fluoride toothpaste do what we need it to do for a healthy smile?
For years, the majority of toothpaste has used fluoride as a key ingredient. Fluoride is a natural chemical that helps our enamel on teeth remain strong, which is key to preventing tooth decay and cavities. But fluoride is not just found in toothpaste. In fact, it is found in a range of items we are exposed to and ingest daily, including public drinking water and some of the foods we eat. In addition, studies are showing there are parallels between non-fluoride drinking water areas and low rates of tooth decay with people who live in that area.
However, while fluoride can provide some of us with strong benefits for our oral hygiene, it also has a range of risks and potential negative impacts. Not many people realize that harmful health conditions can arise if they are exposed to too much fluoride on a consistent basis! While this does happen with adults, it is most common when it comes to young children under six years old, who are most prone to swallowing fluoride whole.
This is where non-fluoride toothpaste comes into play and can be a real game-changer. Non-fluoride toothpaste instead uses other natural ingredients that clean and protect your teeth without posing a health risk by overexposing your body to too much fluoride.
In general, non-fluoride toothpaste like ours also tends to be more eco-friendly and holistically good for you, allowing people an environmentally conscious way of maintaining their oral health.
What is in Non-Fluoride Toothpaste?
There are a range of natural toothpastes available to consumers, including clay, charcoal, nano silver and baking soda toothpastes.
While there is a variety of different non-fluoride toothpastes, a lot have similar core ingredients that you can expect. We will list them all out and explain the benefits of how they can help you improve your oral hygiene.
This incredible natural sweetener alternative that we love is consistently used in non-fluoride toothpaste. Xylitol is found in a whole range of natural products that include fruits, vegetables, tree bark, and corn. It is an ingredient that is used as a natural sweetener in many health foods, along with being a staple ingredient in non-fluoride toothpaste! The best part about having xylitol in your toothpaste is that not only does it make your toothpaste taste good, but it is able to help prevent you from developing cavities by decreasing the amount of plaque on your teeth and even helping to repair enamel!
Coral Toothpaste’s above-sea ECOSAFE coral calcium is derived naturally, working to neutralize acid to restore pH balance in your mouth while also containing 73 essential minerals that are great for your overall oral hygiene.
SilverSol Nano Silver Solution
Another key ingredient in Coral’s all-natural, fluoride-free toothpaste, SilverSol Nano Silver Solution is antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory--in other words, it’s a dental hygiene powerhouse ingredient! Best of all, as effective as it is at killing and destroying bacteria, it doesn’t harm healthy cells!
We all know that drinking green tea is a healthy habit to have. But did you know that it is also a common natural ingredient in non-fluoride toothpaste? Research is showing that by extracting green tea and incorporating it into toothpaste, it is able to act as a bacteria-fighting agent. This is extremely beneficial to our oral health, as bacteria can cause a range of viruses along with bad breath, neither of which anyone wants to deal with!
Another extract that is commonly used in non-fluoride toothpaste is the papaya plant. This is because the extract of papaya plants comes loaded with vitamin C and potassium—both key nutrients needed to promote strong and healthy teeth! But in addition to that, the papaya plant extract is able to provide whitening effects for your teeth too and can even help get rid of some of the stains on your teeth, proving to be quite the superfood plant!
While some acids in your mouth can be damaging to your oral health, citric acids are essential in the fight against plaque and build upon your teeth! One of the most commonly used natural citric acids used in non-fluoride toothpaste comes from oranges, which also gives you an additional boost of vitamin C to keep those teeth strong.
This nutrient is critical in helping get rid of dangerous bacteria in your mouth. When you have bacteria that continue to linger and grow, your teeth and gums become threatened and diseases like gingivitis can start to occur. Also, if you already have gingivitis, zinc is one of the best natural remedies to help reduce its effects.
This is one of the most well-known ingredients of non-fluoride toothpaste! Not only can baking soda reduce the risk of acid and bacteria damaging your oral hygiene, but it is also able to help your smile become a bit brighter by acting as a stain remedy. There is a reason that many non-fluoride kinds of toothpaste openly advertise baking soda as a key ingredient that they use (though be careful--baking soda toothpaste can be pretty abrasive!).
As you may have noticed, there are quite a few ingredients we covered that are in our own toothpaste here at Coral! We’re proud to provide all-natural oral hygiene products, and while we love our toothpaste, we also have fluoride-free mouthwash that has the same natural ingredients to promote your oral health!
Why Our Oral Hygiene Matters
When we don’t look after our oral health, we risk developing a range of gum diseases, tooth decay, and bad breath. For example, not many people realize that simply what you drink impacts your oral health, even if you do brush your teeth daily.
The good news is, there are some early signs and symptoms that you can self-detect to prevent it from getting too bad.
- Tooth erosion symptoms are often discolored teeth, sensitive teeth, and brittle teeth.
- Bad breath is linked to poor oral health and is something that you (and others) will quickly be able to detect!
- Gum sensitivity is also a result of bad oral hygiene and often results in your gums bleeding when you brush or floss them.
Additional Ways to Support Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Incorporating non-fluoride toothpaste into your oral hygiene routine is a great thing to do! When you think about it, we are brushing our teeth multiple times per day, meaning that we are exposing our body to toothpaste multiple times a day as well. This means that we want to be extra careful and confident around the ingredients in our toothpaste. All-natural, non-fluoride toothpaste provides that extra level of confidence!
However, as we have mentioned before, using non-fluoride toothpaste is not a cure-all solution when it comes to your overall oral hygiene. In fact, it needs to be incorporated into a range of decisions that create a specific oral hygiene routine that is right for you. In addition to doing your due diligence around the type of toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash you are also using on a daily basis, there are some tweaks you can make to your daily diet that will further support the impact that the non-fluoride toothpaste has on your oral hygiene.
Here are several natural foods that you should try to incorporate into your daily diet to further strengthen your teeth because they are rich with the natural vitamins and minerals your teeth and gums need!
Butter: This one may sound weird to some people, but butter is full of Vitamin K2, which is one of the best vitamins for maintaining healthy teeth! Obviously don’t eat it by the block, but also don’t neglect yourself from the opportunity of incorporating it into a meal or cooking with it!
Asparagus: This green vegetable is full of fiber that is not only great for your digestion but also aids in ensuring the good bacteria remains in your mouth so that you can maintain good oral hygiene.
Parsley: Did you know that this fluffy green produce is full of antibacterial agents? Not only does it protect you against germs and fungi, but it is easy to include in practically any meal or snack—even green smoothies! Plus, parsley ensures that your breath always smells great!
Sauerkraut: This fermented cabbage not only tastes delicious but is amazing at preventing tooth decay and gum disease. This is because similar to butter, sauerkraut contains a ton of Vitamin K2 which directly strengthens your teeth and gums.
Garlic: Some may associate garlic with bad breath, but garlic actually is loaded with a ton of antibacterial agents that can get rid of all the dangerous fungi and bacteria in your mouth that could cause cavities.
There are many great benefits of using non-fluoride toothpaste as part of your oral hygiene routine, especially thanks to the natural ingredients that provide strength and protection to your teeth. But it is also important to remember that non-fluoride toothpaste needs to be used in balance with your other lifestyle habits—ranging from the type of toothbrush and mouthwash you use, to how often you’re brushing and flossing, to the types of food you eat!