The Best Fluoride-Free Toothpastes for Whiter, Brighter Teeth

When it comes to our pearly whites, we don't mess around. We've tried teeth-whitening kits, DIYs—even veneers—that promise to deliver a brighter-looking smile. So, we found it only fair to find out what the deal is with the semi-controversial topic of fluoride-free toothpaste. Some say that fluoride is a non-negotiable, while others stand adamantly in the fluoride free camp. So who's right?

According to Giacomo Favero, a cosmetic dental surgeon, clinician, and researcher, "Fluoride [in toothpaste] is a chemical mixture that contains a wide array of chemicals, putting this substance in category four of the hazardous materials scale. This is the highest and most dangerous rating a substance can receive." This statement alone is enough to make us rethink our current dental hygiene habits. What's more, Favero told us that the evidence is no longer clear on whether fluoride helps prevent cavities.

Research conducted by the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) mirrors these sentiments. They found that after analyzing data from over 39,000 schoolchildren from 84 different geographical areas in the US broken into three groups (those who had been fluoridated for 17 years or more; had never been fluoridated, or had been only partially fluoridated or fluoridated for less than 17 years) there was no relationship between tooth decay rates and fluoridation. (Interestingly, tooth decay rates were lowest in a nonfluoridated area.)

With this information in mind, we decided to round up 10 of the best fluoride-free toothpastes on the market. 

After you pick a paste, check out these 8 natural mouthwash brands for whiter teeth