One of the first things we notice about people is a shiny, white smile – the type of smile that lights up a room and causes others to smile back. Fluoride, found in most toothpastes, is a natural mineral that hardens tooth enamel, preventing cavities and helping to keep teeth healthy. However, for those who have some common sensitivity to fluoride as an additive in community water supplies, non fluoride toothpaste is an effective alternate. Reasons for sensitivity include the age of the brusher – very young children can use Colgate® My First™ – aggresive toothbrushing or some other aversion.
So without the protection provided by fluoride, how does non fluoride toothpaste protect teeth? The answer is in the ingredients. Let's take a look at the most commonly found active ingredients in some non fluoride toothpastes and how these ingredients protect teeth.