posted byKore ProductsJune 22, 2021
Choosing a toothpaste that is fluoride-free can help avoid the side effects of consuming fluoride, such as dental fluorosis.
While fluoride has its benefits, it also has its negative side effects. This is why Kore has developed a fluoride-free toothpaste that protects your enamel and reduces sensitivity.
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You may have already heard about fluoride from visits to the dentist or toothpaste commercials. But, what actually is fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in your bones and teeth as well as in nature, such as water, soil, rocks, and plants.
Since fluoride is already naturally occurring in the teeth, it is used in oral care and dentistry to help strengthen the enamel.
The enamel is the outer layer of your teeth that surrounds the dentin, which is what gives the teeth color. Enamel is translucent but can be stained by different foods and beverages.
Because of its ability to protect the enamel, fluoride is commonly used in oral hygiene products that are sold over-the-counter and in products used by your dentist. It helps to prevent cavities or tooth decay.
The conversation surrounding fluoride and its side effects grew as small amounts of fluoride were added to water supplies.
While Kore Plant Stem Cell Toothpaste is fluoride-free, and we stand by our choice to create mostly natural, fluoride-free oral care, let’s discuss some of the benefits of fluoride.
Since fluoride is naturally occurring in the teeth, it can also help rebuild the enamel if it has become weak over time and because of daily wear and tear.
Similarly, fluoride slows down the loss of minerals from tooth enamel, also known as demineralization, which is a result of consuming highly acidic foods and beverages.
Additionally, fluoride can help reverse tooth decay, as it assists with re-mineralization, as previously mentioned. So, as plaque, the main cause for tooth decay, breaks down the enamel, fluoride builds it back.
Finally, plaque helps prevent bacteria from growing in the mouth through its antibacterial properties and ability to affect how bacteria metabolize.
Now that we have discussed why fluoride is still prominent in oral care products, let us explain why Kore has chosen to forgo this seemingly popular ingredient and create fluoride-free toothpaste.
When used in large quantities and often, fluoride can have a number of negative side effects.
The first negative side effect of fluoride is dental fluorosis which causes white spots to appear on the teeth.
Dental fluorosis only occurs when the teeth are first forming and it, therefore, affects children under the age of 8.
While there is fluoride in the water supply, regular kinds of toothpaste have significantly more fluoride. If your child consumes too much of this fluoride, they may develop dental fluorosis.
Therefore, getting fluoride-free toothpaste for your child is always a safe call. In this case, even if they accidentally swallow the toothpaste, they will be safe because it is fluoride-free.
The second negative side effect of fluoride is skeletal fluorosis which can lead to joint pain and cause calcification of the bones.
Skeletal fluorosis is also a result of consuming large amounts of fluoride over a long period of time.
If you are concerned about the amount of fluoride you or your family is consuming, whether that is because of your current oral care products or because of how your local water supply is treated, think about switching to a fluoride-free toothpaste.
It is also important to note that the fluoride in toothpaste is a mixture of a number of chemicals, all of which you are ingesting when you brush your teeth.
Some dentists argue that the cons of fluoride outweigh the benefits and therefore, choosing a fluoride-free toothpaste is a safer option.
Additionally, average consumers use more toothpaste than is advised on the packaging, exposing themselves to more fluoride than directed.
We believe in providing high-quality, oral care that provides an elevated, natural experience. This is why Kore Plant Stem Cell Toothpaste and Mouthwash do not have any fluoride.
Instead, we use N-Hydroxyapatite , or HA for short. HA is a form of calcium that makes up the teeth and bones that restores the teeth and serves as a natural fluoride replacement.
Similar to fluoride, HA is naturally occurring in the teeth and bones, making up the dentin and enamel.
HA helps restore the enamel and helps with remineralization. Additionally, HA protects against acidic foods and beverages, protecting the enamel from decay.
So, HA provides many of the necessary benefits of fluoride without the possible side effects.
Having HA as a primary ingredient in our toothpaste helps prevent the buildup of plaque, the development of periodontitis, and decreases tooth sensitivity.
Additionally, Kore fluoride-free toothpaste helps whiten the teeth and reduces sensitivity by having mostly natural ingredients.
We have swapped irritants for soothing ingredients, such as organic aloe and coconut oil.
Here at Kore, we are excited about creating innovative products that elevate your oral care routine.
We are forging the way for new oral care ingredients that are better for you and your family. We hope that you learn from our blog and acquire knowledge that will help you make healthier choices, such as switching to fluoride-free oral care.
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