With the public awareness about the dangers of fluoride growing rapidly, many people are wondering where they can buy fluoride free toothpaste, and what toothpaste brands offer no fluoride toothpaste without Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (or Sodium Lauryth Sulphate (SLES) is a harsh chemical commonly found in toothpaste, shampoos, conditioners, bubble bath, body washes, shaving cream, cosmetics, mouthwash, laundry detergents, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners etc, used by industry as a powerful degreaser and foaming agent.
Although Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural. SLS is an irritant and is an ester of Sulphuric acid, associated with increased aphthous ulcers (canker sores) due to the denaturing effect and irritation of the oral mucosa, as well as eczema. If you are prone to getting canker sores in your mouth, or experience allergic reactions to SLS products on your skin, switch to products and toothpaste without SLS and fluoride in them. Read more about Sodium Lauryl Sulfate here.
There are many brands of toothpastes without fluoride in them, but read the ingredients labels carefully to see if they contain SLS if you want to avoid that chemical in your toothpaste. Also be wary about products claiming to be “natural” or “organic” toothpastes, since those terms are commonly used in deceptive ways. Read the list of ingredients on labels carefully and if you don’t know what a listed ingredient is or if you can’t even pronounce it, don’t buy it until you know it’s 100% proven to be safe.
One very popular brand of fluoride free toothpaste is Tom’s of Maine. While Tom’s of Maine does offer no fluoride toothpaste, the company sold out 84% of their company to the major toothpaste company Colgate-Palmolive in 2006 for a million dollars cash. By the way, Burt’s Bees is now owned by Clorox, so just because a company purports itself to be small, natural, personal and environmentally conscious doesn’t mean much once they’ve sold out to big corporations who are not.
Many stores carry fluoride free toothpaste, including Walmart, Sprouts, Whole Foods, various “health food” stores, but I’ve actually found the prices of no fluoride, no SLS toothpastes cheaper online. Some name brands of fluoride free toothpaste include Spry, Dr. Ken’s, Dr. Nate’s Naturals, Dr. Sharp, Grants, Jason, Auromere, Natural Dentist, Nature’s Gate, Herbal Choice, Lavera, Kiss My Face, NOW, Waleda, Vademecum, Tooth Soap, Dental Miracle, Cluere and many others. These brands and others offer no fluoride toothpaste in a variety of flavors that children and adults like and will use without fluoride and other harsh chemicals, dyes and additives people wish to avoid.
Having read many fluoride free toothpaste reviews and speaking to people I know personally who use no fluoride toothpaste, deciding on which toothpaste to buy depends on what flavors you like vs those you don’t, and whether or not the toothpaste contains SLS or not. Determining what the “best toothpaste” is for good oral hygiene, without fluoride or SLS of course, is a decision each must make for themselves based on flavors, taste, texture, consistency, etc. If a particular brand of toothpaste has no fluoride in it and has all the best ingredients in it but it tastes bad to the user, what good is it? Experimenting with different brands and flavors of toothpaste will likely be necessary in order to find a toothpaste that works best for you and your family.
A reader recently asked me what fluoride free toothpaste do we use, and which brands would I personally recommend for people to try. Honestly, when I first realized the truth about fluoride and its many dangers to overall health and well-being, we immediately switched to Tom’s of Maine no fluoride toothpaste. But now that I know Tom’s is owned by Colgate, and Burt’s Bees is owned by Clorox, we won’t be using either of those anymore. We want no part of any toothpastes or personal care products made by Colgate or Crest or any of the other major toothpaste corporations who have participated in the fluoridation scandal.
We don’t want or need chemicals, dyes, synthetic preservatives, sand, fluoride or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ingredients in products we use to clean our teeth for good oral health. Sand in toothpaste? Yep. I know, I was surprised too when I realized that “silicates” is just a fancy way of saying sand. If you do a search online, or read books about the history of toothpaste and how toothpaste is made and what common ingredients are put into the processing and manufacture of toothpastes, you’ll find that humans have cleaned their teeth for thousands of years with items such as ground fish bones, pumice, chalk, silica and sand as abrasives.
Some fluoride free toothpaste brands are cheaper than others, with some prices ranging from cheap to ridiculously expensive depending on who makes it. Price comparisons and carefully reviewing the ingredients lists is advised. The cheapest and safest way of providing no fluoride, no SLS toothpaste for yourself and your family is by making your own toothpaste, do-it-yourself style, because you know what ingredients are in it and which are not. We haven’t quite gotten on the DIY (do it yourself) toothpaste making bandwagon quite yet, but we’re seriously considering giving it a trial run with baking soda as the main ingredient, Himalayan Sea Salt, essential oils and real natural flavors.
If you’re interested in giving homemade toothpaste a try, there are many make your own toothpaste “recipes” online, but here are a couple of links to help get you started.