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Three Months Fluoride Free

A few months ago I decided to switch from a pretty average toothpaste to a fluoride free one to see what the difference would be. Would it feel the same? Would it be less healthy for my teeth? There was only one way to find out.

After using an entire tube of fluoride free toothpaste, right now I am brushing my teeth with the toothpaste I used to use. There is definitly a difference.

The first thing I noticed was the sting. Before my little experiment, regular toothpaste always made my mouth feel clean, nothing else. Now, I can feel a distinct stinging sensation on the inside of my mouth. It's weird how I never noticed this before because it's so clear now. Another thing I notice is that it feels like I'm scraping something off my teeth. I'm not brushing any different than before, but it feels somehow harsh.

Afterwards, my mouth doesn't feel minty fresh, it feels...chemical-y. I can't say for sure if it's the fluoride or the other chemicals in the toothpaste, but it definitly doesn't feel good for my mouth. One other difference between these two toothpastes is that the fluoride free one is also all natural, and I'm sure that makes a difference as well. Either way, now that I have something else to compare it to, my old toothpaste just won't do anymore. It's become a rather unpleasant experience.

However, there's something important I would like to point out: I live in a place with fluoride in the tap water. Even when using the fluoride free toothpaste, I was rinsing my mouth out with fluoride. In small doses, fluoride has been shown to be beneficial to dental health. The reason I did this experiment was because of the concern I was getting too much. Before deciding to go fluoride free check to make sure there is fluoride in your tap water. Whether there is or isn't, I'd definitly say giving all natural toothpaste is worth a shot. I know that for me personally, my toothpaste is going to stay fluoride free.


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