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Although my partner and I have similar views on the environment and living sustainably, we both have differing priorities. One of my partner’s big priorities is fluoride. For some reason fluoride has never really featured highly on my radar of things to be concerned about, and for the longest time I’ve used fluoride toothpastes. But in face of opposing scientific views we’ve been trying out various fluoride free toothpastes to see which we like the best.
This post has been a really long time in the making – over 9 months! The reason why is I wanted to get a dental checkup in after using fluoride free toothpaste for at least 6 months to make sure my teeth stayed healthy before making any recommendations to you.
I had a checkup from my regular dentist in November, after 7 months of dedicated fluoride free toothpaste usage and came away with a clean bill of health. In fact, after checking my teeth my dentist said to me that normally after 6 months people have a small build-up of tartar, especially at the back of their lower front teeth. He then said “I don’t know what you’ve been doing, but you’ve actually got no tartar build-up“! I’ve been seeing my dentist for years, and this was the first time he’d said this to me or didn’t have to scrape of any tartar so I was a pretty happy camper!
I hadn’t told him I’d switched to fluoride free toothpaste for fear of a telling off, but I don’t want to make any claims because whether it’s down to switching toothpaste, or toothbrush, or just more vigorous brushing (to make up for the lack of fluoride) or changes in my diet, or just plain old luck I just don’t know. My partner also got a clean bill of health at the dentist after 6 months of usage, so it’s a definite thumbs up for fluoride free toothpaste from us! No reports of bad breath either!
Here’s a run down of the ones we’ve tried over the past 9 months:
Fluoride Free Toothpastes
This was the very first fluoride free toothpaste we tried and I’ll be honest – I straight up hated Sarakan Toothpaste. I didn’t like the taste or texture, much as I tried to get used to it. I found the smell and taste of geranium a bit too overpowering, and there was definite hint of parsley (my least favourite herb). My partner said it smelled like a greengrocers (I think it was the parsley), but as a parsley and geranium fan he loved the taste and as soon as it ran out he wanted another tube, so this was hit with him.
Kingfisher Fennel Toothpaste
I struggled to find a Kingfisher mint flavoured fluoride free toothpaste locally (they do make a fluoride minty one, so do look out) and in the end settled for their Fennel fluoride free toothpaste*, which I found without problem in my local branch of Holland & Barrett. My partner again loved this – he said it was like, in his exact words, “a lovely big liquorice“! I, however, wasn’t so keen. It didn’t think it tasted as bad as Sarakan, but by this stage I had come to realise that I liked traditional minty style toothpastes and the clean and fresh feeling they impart, over the fennel taste. My partner says this is his absolute favourite toothpaste – and now his regular paste of choice.
Green People Peppermint & Aloe Vera Toothpaste
After trying the other two fluoride free toothpastes, and even with the promise of peppermint, the sound of the aloe vera in this Green People peppermint and aloe vera toothpaste* didn’t exactly fill me with joy or anticipation, nor did the putty colour. So I was quite surprised to find I actually really liked this toothpaste, and have since gone through a further two tubes! Sometimes I have to load a bit more toothpaste on to my brush half way through, but my teeth always feel squeaky clean and I like the gentle and clean minty taste. I don’t notice the aloe vera until after I’ve cleaned my teeth but I quite like the aftertaste. My partner conversely straight out hated this toothpaste (two peas in a pod we are!) – he said he could taste the aloe vera quite strongly as he was brushing his teeth and didn’t like it.
Green People Minty Cool Fluoride Free Toothpaste
I loved this Green People Minty Cool toothpaste*. Again, it’s putty coloured, and like all sodium laureth sulphate free toothpastes it doesn’t foam up in the way as the more chemical filled toothpastes, but once you get used to that it’s great. It’s minty in the way that all great toothpastes are (in my opinion!) and my teeth feel clean, and my mouth refreshed after brushing. Again, like the peppermint and aloe vera toothpaste, I sometimes have to add a bit more toothpaste on to my brush half way through brushing, but I don’t mind that too much. My partner’s also a fan of this one – the only one we agreed we both liked! Result!
Lush Toothy Tabs in Dirty
Lush Toothy Tabs are the most environmentally friendly tooth cleaning product you can currently buy, as it’s the only one that’s plastic free. However, and it’s a big however, we both found that it tastes absolutely disgusting. I wanted to like the Toothy Tabs, in fact, I wanted to love the Toothy Tabs but we just couldn’t. Rather than a paste, you chew on a tablet, and then start brushing once a foam develops. Unfortunately we found it tasted like chewing on a particularly horrible aspirin – the taste and texture made us both heave and we had to spit it out within seconds. Our mouths didn’t feel clean in the slightest, we felt pretty sick, and have now relegated the Toothy Tabs to the very very back of the cupboard for extremely extreme toothbrushing emergencies. I personally hope that day never comes – even thinking about these 7 months on after we first used them sends shivers down my spine! You can buy them in different flavours – I went for Dirty as it’s a traditional minty flavour – but who knows, the other flavours might taste better?
So, to conclude, if you’re in the market for fluoride free toothpaste and like things minty, I’d recommend the Green People Minty Cool toothpaste* (I buy the multipack* to save money). If you’re feeling adventurous and into different flavours I’d try out the Kingfisher Fennel Toothpaste* or Sarakan.
Do you have a favourite fluoride free toothpaste that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below.
A note on toothbrushes. I decided to switch toothbrushes to something more environmentally friendly. I tried bamboo toothbrushes but couldn’t find one I got on with. At first I found the sensation of brushing my teeth with what felt like a lolly stick in my mouth uncomfortable, and once I got used to it after a few weeks, the brushes started to fray really badly, and I found I had to replace my brush every four weeks. Even though bamboo is a more sustainable option, it didn’t feel particularly sustainable or eco-friendly to be replacing toothbrushes so often. Nor was it purse friendly.
In the end I switched to using a Preserve toothbrush. These are made from recycled plastic, and once you’re done you can send the toothbrush and packaging back to Preserve for complete recycling. I’ve just replaced one that I used for a good few months, which is a lot more like it when it comes to the lifespan of a toothbrush.
It goes without saying, I wasn’t compensated to write any of this. I paid for and bought all of the toothpastes and toothbrushes with my own hard-earned money and wanted to share my experiences and thoughts with you guys! I’m really big on disclosure so if anything was sent for review or I was compensated you’d be the first to know about it!