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Fluoride Alternatives?

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AvatarMelissa Pyette asked 2 weeks ago

What do you recommend to patients who want to keep their teeth healthy without using fluoride products daily (which includes toothpaste and mouth-rinse). I have always explained that mineral loss is inevitable because of the elements that teeth are exposed to every day. From food and drinks, to saliva and bacteria, teeth are put through a lot of wear and tear.  I talk to them about how to eat a diet rich in

  • Calcium and phosphorus-rich dairy
  • Calcium-rich seafood
  • Vegetables and nuts
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K2
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus

In addition, I explain how to limit acidic foods, to take probiotics daily, drink plenty of water, plenty of sleep and exercise, etc.  I really try to explain from a whole body wellness model. A lot of these questions are coming from my patients who are seeking a more holistic way of living.  They realize that fluoride is a natural occurring mineral but wish to avoid it when possible.  Do you have rationale or products to recommend to in place of fluoride products.  Would it be best to stick with Nano-hydroxyapatite based products?  Most of the patients who ask, do not present with caries but many have dental hypersensitivity or dry mouth (some induced by medication).