6 Natural Fluoride Alternatives
While topical fluoride does make the enamel more acid-resistant, some of our clients have concerns about the toxicity of fluoride. As a holistic dental office in Prescott, we completely understand these concerns. And our team at Prescott Dentistry is more than happy to offer other solutions that provide similar benefits. Here are natural 6 fluoride alternatives that protect or help remineralize tooth enamel:
Calcium is one of the building blocks of enamel and therefore is an important mineral when it comes to strengthening it. Not only does it harden the enamel, but it also increases the production of saliva, which is an important part of enamel health because saliva contains important minerals that can help fortify it.
You probably think of dairy first when you think of sources of calcium, but there are many delicious non-dairy options. In fact, while dairy products may be natural sources of calcium, the lactose in traditional milk products can actually increase acidity in your mouth. This is because lactose is a type of sugar. Dark leafy greens (spinach, collards and kale), beans and lentils, and almonds are all great sources of this mineral.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, which is a type of carbohydrate—but don’t worry, it doesn’t actually contain alcohol. Xylitol occurs naturally in small amounts in fibrous fruits and vegetables, trees, corncobs, and even in the human body. It can be processed from trees like birch, and it can also be manufactured industrially from a plant fiber called Xylan. This 2003 study shows that xylitol is effective at remineralizing enamel. To get the maximum remineralization benefits of xylitol gum, be sure to chew it after or between meals.
3. Mineral cremes/mouthrinses
We offer a mineral creme which coats your teeth in a protective film. This film releases natural calcium and phosphate minerals into the enamel when your mouth becomes acidic. There are also mineral mouth rinses that provide bioavailable minerals in high concentrations to naturally strengthen enamel.
4. Tooth powder
As an alternative to fluoride toothpaste, we sell a therapeutic tooth powder that, when used daily, will neutralize the acidity in your mouth and provide naturally occurring minerals to strengthen your enamel.
5. Coconut oil
Coconut oil contains a compound called monolaurin, which has strong antibiotic properties and naturally occurring minerals. This is an easy, inexpensive way to protect your teeth and gums—and many people that use this technique claim it leaves the mouth feeling fresh and clean too! If you’re not a fan of the flavor, try adding a few drops of peppermint or tea tree essential oil.
6. Ozone therapy
In dentistry, ozone is used to treat various conditions by disinfecting the area around them. This treatment improves the body’s intake and use of oxygen and activates the immune system. The disinfecting power that ozone has can be used to kill many different types of bacteria that cause certain diseases, pain, and tooth decay. Ozone can penetrate areas of the teeth, gums, and mouth that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to reach.
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Contact us today to make an appointment. Ask one of our team members at Prescott Dentistry how you can take advantage of these natural fluoride alternatives to optimize your family’s dental health.