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I have recently spent too much time in the toothpaste aisle and I'm torn. You see, I made the switch to a natural toothpaste but everything I was finding contained sodium lauryl sulfate (it makes your beauty products foam) and carrageenan, both suspected carcinogens. Basically the difference was one toothpaste was fluoride-free and the other contained fluoride. I went with fluoride-free since we're trying to make better choices but really, is this a better choice?
I have read the effects of fluoride and this is where I'm on the fence ... is it really that bad? Yes, in large doses but I'm not ingesting it by the truckload and I have a real life fluoride/non-fluoride story in my own house.
I grew up in an area where fluoride was in our tap water. My husband didn't. My teeth are wonderful and I've hardly had any problems. My husband, on the other hand, has horrible teeth. Even our dentist pointed out when examining my teeth that he could tell that they were strong because of the tap water versus my husband's teeth.
All in all, the reality of it is the old toothpaste vs. the new toothpaste only have a one point difference in the Skin Deep EWG database. And the both toothpastes are manufactured by the same company. Can you see why I'm on the fence about this?
I would love to hear your opinions on this. Please feel free to share.