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Choosing a Toothpaste: What’s the Big Deal?

Course Number: 565

Choosing a Fluoride-free Dentifrice: Why?

In recent years a niche segment of dentifrices that do not contain fluoride has emerged (e.g., Tom’s of Maine®, Hello®, Dr. Bronner’s®). Those using these products may have an interest in “natural” personal care products and perceive fluoride to be an unnatural chemical, and/or have a concern about the safety of fluoride.49 An extensive body of research has concluded that fluoride, which is naturally found in most large bodies of water, is safe at the appropriate concentrations that aid in caries prevention.45 The ADA only provides its seal of acceptance to toothpastes containing fluoride, based on fluoride's demonstrated anti-caries effectiveness.50