Toothpastes?

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  1. StephyMei1112

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    What does everyone use for toothpastes?

    1 - just because I'm curious
    2 - I've heard fluoride is now bad for you and can be detrimental to oral care...? Some light shed on this would be interesting.

    I currently use Green Beaver's anise flavored toothpaste - it's fluoride and chemical free - I like that it's eco friendly too. Before this it was Aquafresh and Darphin's denblan ($$$ but quite nice - contained fluoride though). Marvis toothpaste I used as a kid, surprisingly it was available for dirt cheap in Hong Kong stores and in Vancouver - Chinatown "general" stores (it was the real stuff too - no counterfeit) way back when. That was nice - but very strong tasting.

    Is fluoride really bad for you though? I've brushed with toothpastes containing it and I've drank tap water - my health doesn't seem any worse for it *shrugs*.
     
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    Jason Sea Fresh toothpaste. No crap stuff in it at all. I used to use Weleda brand calendula toothpaste but can't find it any more. Out of all of them, it made my teeth and gums the most healthy but I like the Jason one too. It keeps me from having morning breath. Woot!

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    ETA: I grew up in the era of fluoridation, where they had fluoride gargling clubs at school and the dentists convinced our parents to give us little pink fluoride pills daily. My teeth have that gross fluorisis mottling now, and I'm only 29. Bleah. Apparently it will never go away, but I'm staying totally away from the stuff as much as is in my power from now on.
     
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    I use elmex/aronal. Probs tells you nothing, because it's a german brand. :p Basically you can buy them in a set - you get 3 different toothpastes - Aronal for the morning, Elmex for the evening and an intensive cleansing toothpaste for every other day. No florid in there either. My teeth feel awesome using that stuff. :)
     
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    I use Toms of Maine.... don't really know what "formula" but this one looks familiar:
    http://www.tomsofmaine.com/products...aque-tartar-control-plus-whitening-toothpaste

    Look, it's fluoride free too.

    Really I just use it for the flavor. I don't care if my toothpaste is natural or whatnot. It cleans my teeth just as well as any Crest or Aquafresh has, but it doesn't leave a horridly strong mint taste in my mouth. I can drink a glass of OJ after brushing my teeth without wanting to gag, and that to me is huge lol.
     
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    Romy,

    Fluoride pills?? Wow, I never knew it was so 'trendy' at any point in time.

    Our childhood oral care routines consisted of 20 seconds of brushing, spitting out the foam and rinsing with water then running out of the bathroom before dad would storm in to drag us out! Ahh elementary school mornings - how I don't miss thee.
     
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    Hm. I dunno. I typically pick up the cheapest thing with the most listed benefits. :p Toothpaste was never on the top of my priorities list.

    Can't use Crest though. Burns the crap out of my mouth.
     
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    Hi Lyzelle, I thought I'm the only one having problems with Crest. I dunno what's in their toothpaste that really hurts my gums.

    Well, I find this recipe online on how to make your own toothpaste and it's very simple. Baking soda, sea salt and some peppermint for it to have a flavor. Really simple and natural. I might try it this coming weekend 'coz my gums are bleeding again.
     
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    I can't find any recent info about it being bad for your teeth and my dentist still promotes it... so it's kinda odd.

    And yeah I have gum disease, but I doubt it's from brushing too much (I'm still a brush 30 seconds once a day kinda gal, I have an electric toothbrush though).
     
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    I use Colgate - I'm sensitive to flouride so can't use ones with more flouride in them or my gums get inflamed. I tried natural toothpaste once, hated the taste and consistency, so went back to Colgate.
     
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    The natural toothpastes I've tried have been so chalky and hard to rinse out of my mouth even after rinsing with mouthwash, so I got off of them and went back to the crest 3D white stuff in the evening, and baking soda/peroxide in the morning.

    I was fluoride-bombed as a child, had to do the stupid rinses every few days at school, but my teeth are okay despite it. My boyfriend on the other hand had braces as a kid and was fluoride-bombed and his teeth have a bit of spotting from the fluoride.
     
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    I buy whatever has the sparkliest box. ;]

    Honestly I have no idea what kind we have. The tube might be blue.
     
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    I definitely believe that fluoride is necessary for oral care. Everything in moderation. Too much of anything is damaging. I don't worry too much about the ingredients of my toothpaste since I do not consume it. Or not much anyway.
     
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    Pretty much that lol! I like the gels though in the clean mint flavour.

    I remember in elementary school doing the pink pills along with a staining agent that they'd make us brush off. Oh and they made some of us go get sealant too, at the health unit though not a regular dentist...
     
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    My favorite is the Crest 3D stuff.

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    Plus I like the tube and box design.
     
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    I used to rant about the evil fluoride. Now I just keep it to myself. I think my toothpaste has fluoride in it, but I don't swallow.

    Sadly, it is an Ohio law to have fluoride in the water supply. I'll be if you check your states' laws you will find the same.

    Fluoride kills. Google it and find out about horses that have died from drinking fluoridated water.

    "However in 2006 the National Research Council published research noting numerous adverse health risks of fluoride on humans, including disruption of the brain, kidneys and thyroid, bone fractures and joint pain (among others)." http://fluoridedetective.com/pets/
     
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    Tom's of Maine Whole Care Fluoride Toothpaste. :) I like it because it's all natural with fluoride added. Plus not mint, which is amazing.
     
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    I just saw some of the weleda in the drug store here - have you tried a whole foods or trader joes? they're usually pretty good about that stuff.
     
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    I have to use specially formulated toothpaste from the dentist that costs like $20/tube. My teeth are SO sensitive that if I have to use regular toothpaste (or even just sensodyne) I will often skip meals because it hurts so bad to chew or deal with hot/cold. Even soft things like bread will hurt. So, Prevident Sensitive it is! So worth it for me.
     

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