Fluoride is a known endocrine disruptor and other evidence shows fluoride is even a neurotoxin. Unfortunately, it’s still used in many dental products to this day, and the potential health concerns are unavoidable. Fortunately, when it comes to oral health, there are several fluoride-free alternatives.
Natural Alternatives to Fluoride
Protecting your teeth and gums requires time, commitment, and the right tools. Brushing your teeth, flossing, and limiting sugar intake are all key. Although fluoride is often touted as a must, it doesn’t hold a candle to natural alternatives for dental health. Here are five supplements to consider adding to your oral health regimen.
Neem is amazing. One study suggests a neem mouthwash could even outperform a traditional dental product when it comes to reducing plaque! Other studies suggest it has almost miraculous properties when it comes to approaching gingivitis. If you want to check it out, one easy way is to look for fluoride-free toothpaste with neem leaf extract.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil already has antibacterial properties and is much safer than the endocrine-disrupting triclosan found in many brands of fluoridated toothpaste. You can even use coconut oil as a toothpaste if you like! Research suggests it can slow the growth of some bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. Another study suggests oil pulling — or oil swishing — with coconut oil can also lead to a significant decrease in overall plaque.
3. Ozonated Olive Oil
Olive oil has long been hailed for its moisturizing benefits, and this type takes that one step further with a process called ozone injection. The process bubbles ozone into liquid olive oil for quite a while. Ozonated olive oil is just one way we can use dental ozone therapy. One study even suggests this therapy could be more effective than traditional dental methods against harmful organisms, so why not try the best of both worlds with a product like O2-Zap® Ozonated Olive Oil paired with a fluoride-free toothpaste.
4. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is one of those items with a million uses, and promoting oral health is one of them. Oregano oil can be highly beneficial for dental issues and can be used to soothe toothaches, abscesses, and mouth sores. Because of its potency, though, always be sure that you dilute one drop with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. You can use it as a mouthwash, spitting it out after you’ve swished it around your mouth. For a highly-quality organic oregano oil, I recommend Oregatrex™, our oregano oil blend.
Used to combat bad breath, myrrh can be found in some fluoride-free toothpaste brands. One of the compounds in myrrh is toxic to all the things that can cause bad breath. And, like many of the supplements listed here, it could also help with gum health. Research shows it’s effective in fighting periodontal disease.
How Do You Protect Your Teeth & Gums?
With all the options out there, there’s absolutely no reason that you have to use fluoride anymore. Myrrh, coconut oil, and neem are just as effective, if not more, and present relatively little side effects. Other things you can do is to drink plenty of water, avoid high-carbohydrate beverages like soda and juice, and brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride-free toothpaste. Also, be sure you are getting plenty of vitamin D because this vitamin can be helpful for supporting teeth and gum health.
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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.