Published on April 25th, 2010 | by Charu Suri0
Dr. Sharp Dentistry: Fluoride-free Toothpaste & Oral Care
The Earth has its toxins: pollution, landfills, waste, plastic bottles. Every day, there’s some sort of violation that the world goes through, whether its oil refinery spills or noxious gases released into the ether.
Now, imagine if your mouth were to go through a similar assault (and if you eat lots of sweets and sugars, it very well may be going through it, right now!). But there’s another culprit –fluoride– that previously you may have though as innocent as a rose. But fluoride has been linked to several health problems including dental fluorosis and even cancer.
When you brush your teeth with a toothpaste, you’re also ingesting a bit of it (think of lip gloss – you’ll inevitably swallow a little, no?). TIME Magazine reported that high levels of fluoride can cause bone pain, spurs and fused vertebrae.
I was pleased to receive and test Dr. Sharp Dentistry’s new collection of whitening toothpastes and fresh mint mouthwash — products that are completely fluoride free. These vegan toothpastes were delightful (I try to be vegan 98% of my waking day) and they actually whitened my pearly browns a shade within a week, without having the harsh and stinging mint sensation that some people love to hate.
There are three types of toothpaste that the line currently offers:
- Fresh Mint Whitening (a deliciously clean, mild mint flavor)
- Strawberry Cream Kids (so creamy and fruity, you’re compelled to almost spread it on a cracker)
- Green Tea Whitening (mild green tea flavoring that evokes memories of Chinese tea)
Plus, there’s also a fresh mint mouthwash in a VOSS Water-style bottle that didn’t leave my tongue burning like Listerine. That’s a SLAM DUNK in my books.
These formulations are detergent-free and with no synthetic colors, flavors or alcohol (no, you can’t get drunk while brushing with these). I would definitely buy these toothpastes not only for their effectiveness and fluoride-free jazz, but also for their mild formulations.
You can purchase a complete Family Pack (all four units) for $35.95 here. And never subject your teeth to Steve Martin’s abuse in Little Shop of Horrors ever, ever again.
- Charu Suri
Samples were given for editorial consideration