Fluoride-free toothpastes are presented as an alternative to help us reduce or moderate the excess of this element in the body. We tell you about them and their application today.
Despite what we are used to hearing and seeing in advertising, there is fluoride-free toothpaste. Is it a fashion or a trend? Does it have a scientific basis? Is the health of the teeth maintained using this type of toothpaste?
In this article we will tell you all about fluoride, what function it plays in the teeth of children and adults and how good it is that we can do without it for oral hygiene. Although there are shared opinions on this, we will try to be fair and know the vision from both sides.
What is fluoride and what does it do in teeth?
Fluorine is a chemical element that is part of the group of halogens, along with chlorine, bromine, iodine, astatine and tenese. It is naturally found in water sources: rivers, lakes and seas; even in plants and animals.
At normal temperatures it appears as a component gas of fluorides. It is released into the environment through natural processes such as weathering and volcanic emissions. But also through human action by combustion of coal, industrial waters, metal production (steel, aluminum) and phosphates.
Likewise, industrial activities related to refrigeration and aerosols (so-called fluorocarbons ) are an important source of fluoride emissions. The latter, however, has decreased, as it was considered the main cause of damage to the ozone layer.