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Old 02-03-2003, 02:54 AM - Thread Starter
 
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im so sick (literally) of chemical, etc., filled toothpaste like crest, colgate, etc.

i want something natural and safe for the whole family, that tastes naturally good, etc.

i was looking at toms of maine and then came across the flouride decision. i was never aware of the risks (im new to the natural world!) of flouride.

sooo...what do you all think/recommend???
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Toms of Maine makes a fluoride free Anise flavored toothpaste.
Another company makes one that tastes like orange creamsicles. They're both good.
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if they don't contain flouride, what prevents cavities (besides the obvious of regular brushing and not eating lots of sugary stuff)?
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Hopefully your genes, good eating habits, brushing frequently, and reducing sugary/sticky snacks, and visiting the dentist should do it. Flouride is only good if it's on the teeth. With little kids it's hard to stop them from swallowing it. That's why they recommend only a pea sized dollop. I use flouride free stuff as it's in our drinking water. I want to avoid fluorosis and bone damage.
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I am VERY against fluoride. Everytime I read something new about it i get even more frightened. Here's a website I found with info: http://www.fluoridealert.org/

There's lots more. If you type fluoride in a search engine the majority of what comes up is about the dangers of it.
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thank you both very much! I got anti-flouride toothpaste : )

also, do you all know anything about going to the dentist and refusing the use of flouride? I'm curious if I'm going to run into any problems with the dentist.

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Well I don't know about your dentist, but I get charged for fluoride application but I never see the rubber tooth forms or the gel flouride. Far as refusing, I don't know why that isn't a possibility, you are after all the paying customer.
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Against fluoride too.

We buy Tom's of Maine Cinnamon toothpaste and we really like
it. Peppermint is good too !
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I just bought the toms of maine apricot homeopathic(we're working towards this direction) toothpaste (obviously anti-flouride), and the natural cinnamint mouthwash

It sounds great! In a little bit I'm gonna get noah the silly strawberry anti-flouride toothpaste cause he's really trying to get a tooth!
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Hi, I get Tom's of Maine fennel toothpaste with no flouride. When I go to the dentist I tell them I do not want any flouride in any form and they are glad to accomodate me (even though they recommend flouride be used). For cleaning my teeth they use a plain pumice, instead of the usual "flavored" flouride kind. You just have to insist on it, and if they don't accomodate you then go to a different dentist (and tell them why you're switching!)

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haven't read the other posts yet...

we use Weleda children's toothpaste. Great stuff. Not a drop of fluoride in it.

PS: Just read 'em--my dentist will NOT do fluoride treatments.
I know Tom's has some toothpaste w/fluoride so do read carefully.
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We use Weleda...
I use Plant Gel
DP uses Calendula
and ds uses Children toothgel......
All flouride free.....
We also use the Weleda mouthwash.
The creater of Weleda- Rudolf Steiner back in the 1920's wrote that flouride was used for mind control.
I have to find the exact words in my anthroposiphical medicine book......
I will get back to you all with them.
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I recieved my Toms of Maine stuff this afternoon. It's great! The homeopathic apricot toothpaste doesn't have a strong taste at all, but what you can taste, is good, and it's flouride free! I also got some cinnamon mouthwash...I learned that natural mouthwash burns, too, lol. They gave me a small freebie of flouride free mint flavored toothpaste. I absolutely cannot stand minty or wintergreen flavors, so I gave it to my mom, who usually cannot stand natural stuff, lol. SHe tried it tonght and said it was good...guess that's a start. I also got some calendula deoderant...it smells like m horse trainer, lol..not that she smells like a horse or anything, but she must use calendula scented stuff cause it smells like her...not like you all wanted to know that...but it's late so im rambling....
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