There are 100s to choose from but what’s the best fluoride-free toothpaste?
Luckily for you, I have bought and tested over 31 of the highest rated fluoride-free toothpastes and narrowed down the options to the 5 best brands.
While for those still scared to let fluoride go, you’ll be happy to hear there is ZERO reason to use a fluoride toothpaste, as explained in my 10 reasons to use fluoride-free toothpaste article.
Important Thing To Consider About Fluoride-Free Toothpastes
Considering it goes in your mouth multiple times everyday, it’s probably a good idea to consider the ingredients in your toothpaste.
Now fluoride-free is a great start but there are also many other toxic ingredients you’ll want to avoid in toothpaste.
However, if you go with any one of the 5 best fluoride-free toothpastes approved by Truth About Fluoride below, you won’t have to worry about this. Since I’ve done all the research and testing for you.
But if for whatever reason you choose to go with a brand I don’t mention, make sure it contains as few of the following ingredients as possible:
- hydrated silica,
- sodium saccharin,
- titanium dioxide,
- sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate,
- PEG-8, PEG/PPG
- artificial color (ex. blue 1, yellow 10)
- endocrine disruptors (ex. lavender)
NOTE: Truth About Fluoride is reader-supported. When you buy through links on the site, I may earn a commission. However, keep in mind each and every product is bought, tested and used by myself. With only the best being recommended.
The 5 Best Fluoride-Free Toothpastes
Of all the fluoride-free toothpastes I’ve bought and tested (some of them are pictured above) the following 5 fluoride-free toothpastes are in my opinion the best. Which I decided based on the ingredients and how well they cleaned my teeth.
I’ve also listed them in order, with the last one being my favorite.
5. Weleda Salt Toothpaste
This fluoride-free toothpaste from Germany has one of the best ingredient lists on the market.
Now unlike your pure white or colorful traditional toothpastes. The color of Weleda’s salt toothpaste is an ugly pink-ish brown. That’s because no preservatives and synthetic colors are added to it. Either way, it does the same job if not better than mainstream toothpaste – just without all the chemicals.
Lastly, the taste of the toothpaste is very strong and zesty.
Something you’ll either love or hate.
4. Hydroxyapatite Toothpaste
Since we’re talking about fluoride-free toothpaste, we have to bring up hydroxyapatite toothpaste.
That’s because hydroxyapatite toothpaste has been shown to work just as “well” as fluoride toothpaste in remineralization (natural repair process for teeth). But instead of fluoride, these toothpastes include the naturally occurring mineral form of calcium apatite (what’s found in our teeth).
So by default, it’s one of the “best” fluoride-free toothpastes. BUT I generally don’t believe it does much in the grand scheme of things, however if you do want to go this route I’d only recommend two brands: Dr. Brite or RiseWell.
While for those worried about remineralization, toothpaste only plays a tiny role compared to diet. So it’s best if you focus on giving your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to protect your teeth like vitamin D, vitamin K, and calcium.
3. Redmond Earthpaste
Redmond Earthpaste was formally my favorite fluoride-free toothpaste.
It contains minimal ingredients, no foaming agents, no glycerin, no GMOs, and no coloring.
BUT the only problem is that it’s made from bentonite clay which is reported to contain lead.
Thus, why you see a Prop 65 warning on the toothpaste. Which is a California law that requires companies to label their product with the warning, if it contains any of the 800+ chemicals that may cause birth defects, cancer, or reproductive harm.
Now from everything I read, I would not worry if you used or continue to use it. You’re not swallowing the toothpaste, so very little lead would be ingested. However, to play it safe you may want to go with the other toothpastes mentioned here.
And if I’m being honest, I still think this toothpaste is okay to use (maybe not for children, since they’re known to swallow toothpaste) but it may pose an unnecessary risk, that you don’t have to take. So I won’t recommend it or any other clay toothpaste.
2. Dr. Bronner’s
Now I really do think any toothpaste that’s on this list is great and the difference between them in how they perform is very small. So I suggest you experiment to see which one you like best.
But if you want me to pick a personal favorite, I’d have to go with Dr. Bronner’s.
As it does a great job leaving your mouth, teeth and gums fresh and clean.
Just note, like every other fluoride-free toothpaste on this list, Dr. Bronner’s does not contain any synthetic foaming agents. This means when you’re brushing, it won’t foam like traditional toothpaste. But that does not mean it’s not working.
In reality, the foaming agents added by many brands are included to trick you into believing the toothpaste is doing a great job. However, these ingredients are known to be bad for your health.
1. Homemade Toothpaste
The truth about ALL toothpastes is that you could argue there’s a bad ingredient in all of them.
However with the ones I’ve mentioned, you have nothing to worry about.
But ultimately, I want you to understand the following…
Toothpaste does not play a big role in having healthy teeth as many people believe. Like I mentioned, your diet plays a much larger role. For example, giving your body enough vitamin D, K and calcium will do way more than any toothpaste for preventing cavities and overall dental health.
You can even make your own toothpaste at home that works just as well as any toothpaste. In fact, if you have the time, I’d recommend you make your own. That way you can control all the ingrednits that go in it.
So I’d say a quality homemade toothpaste is number one (I’ll still stick to store-bought toothpaste).
It’s very important to realize, many of the ingredients included in toothpaste are added in the best interest of the company and not your health.
For example many ingredients are included to trick you into thinking the toothpaste is working well or to just make it look and feel good (foaming agents, glycerin, etc.).
But in reality it’s not adding any benefit but only posing an unnecessary risk to your health.
And if you don’t think it’s a big issue to have a few of these ingredients in a toothpaste. Just remember you’ll be brushing your teeth everyday for many years.
So that small negative will add up.
While when it comes to the best fluoride toothpastes listed here not only will they be non-toxic but will clean your teeth extremely well.
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