Fluoride or No Fluoride? Here's the Answer!

Have you ever wondered how Natch came into existence? And why we chose to exclude fluoride as an ingredient? Here are the answers to all of  your questions! You are about to gain valuable insights into the future of oral and dental care:

It all started with Heber Gonzalez, the co-founder of Natch. His son, who was two years old at the time, had a habit of eating toothpaste. Young children are curious, and many of you parents can surely relate to that. Some of you might be thinking, "What's the harm in that?" Well, you might be surprised to learn that excessive consumption of fluoride in toothpaste can lead to dental fluorosis, gastrointestinal issues, and in rare cases, acute poisoning. This underscores the importance of proper toothpaste use and the need to supervise children in their brushing habits unless you opt for fluoride-free toothpaste!

So, after learning the facts about fluoride, Heber began searching for alternatives to fluoride-containing toothpaste. However, he wasn't satisfied with what he found. Although there were some alternatives available, most of them were laden with preservatives and other questionable ingredients if ingested. When he finally found fluoride-free toothpaste tablets, to put it mildly, the taste was simply terrible. No one – especially children – would say, "Delicious, I'm switching to this from now on!"

So Heber decided: there will be a fluoride-free toothpaste alternative with natural ingredients,  amazing tasting, and without the concern of being swallowed. When he presented this idea to his co-founder Norbert, Natch was born!

Now, Natch is not only revolutionizing the oral care industry and brushing habits but also helping to reduce tons of plastic waste generated by conventional toothpaste brands using plastic tubes.

But what exactly is our innovative fluoride alternative? Here's everything you need to know:

Hydroxyapatite in Toothpaste: A Breakthrough for Your Dental Health!

Our dental health is crucial as it not only influences our outward appearance but also our overall health. One of the latest developments in dentistry that's gaining a lot of attention is the use of hydroxyapatite in toothpaste.

What is hydroxyapatite, and why is it important?

Hydroxyapatite is a natural component of our tooth enamel and dentin. It's a compound of calcium and phosphate that serves to make our teeth strong and resistant to cavities and acid attacks. Over time, however, our tooth enamel can erode due to factors like consuming acidic foods, plaque buildup, and more.

This is where hydroxyapatite in toothpaste comes into play: studies have demonstrated that toothpaste containing hydroxyapatite supports the remineralization of the tooth enamel. This means it helps counteract the loss of minerals from tooth enamel by naturally strengthening them i.e. remineralizes. This process can aid in repairing minor damage and reducing the risk of cavities and other dental issues.

Background facts:

Hydroxyapatite was developed and first used by NASA at the end of the 1960s to help astronauts restore their bone density and teeth after missions in zero gravity. The patent was then sold to a Japanese toothpaste company in the 1980s, which laid the foundation for its commercial use in toothpaste.

The Benefits of Hydroxyapatite in Toothpaste

  • Strengthens  the Enamel: As mentioned earlier, hydroxyapatite helps strengthen and protect tooth enamel, crucial for preventing cavities and erosion.
  • Sensitivity Relief: Individuals with sensitive teeth will appreciate the benefits of toothpaste with hydroxyapatite. It can help reduce sensitivity by sealing dentinal tubules that transmit pain signals to nerve endings.
  • Natural Remineralization: Hydroxyapatite is a natural substance found in the body, making it an effective and biocompatible method in  remineralizing the  enamel. 
  • Cavity Prevention: By strengthening the tooth enamel and supporting remineralization, toothpaste with hydroxyapatite can significantly reduce the risk of cavities.
  • Whiter Teeth: Hydroxyapatite can also help reduce superficial stains on teeth, leading to a brighter smile.

Fluoride: Blessing or Hazard?

While fluoride is often considered the gold standard   in cavity prevention, there are concerns about potential dangers associated with excessive consumption.

The Dangers of Excessive Fluoride Consumption:

  • Fluorosis: When children ingest excessive amounts of fluoride while their teeth are still developing, it can lead to a condition called fluorosis. This often manifests as white or brown spots on the teeth and can affect the appearance of the teeth.
  • Thyroid Issues: Some studies have suggested a link between excessive fluoride consumption and thyroid problems. However, this remains a contentious issue, and further research is needed.
  • Skeletal Problems: In rare cases, excessive fluoride consumption can lead to skeletal problems, especially in individuals already predisposed to them.


    Finding the Right Balance

    Most experts agree that fluoride in toothpaste is safe when used in appropriate amounts. It's essential to follow the instructions on the toothpaste packaging and prevent children from swallowing toothpaste.

    Conclusion:  There is an alternative!

    Hydroxyapatite in toothpaste offers new ways to support the health of our teeth that can naturally strengthens tooth enamel and alleviates discomfort from sensitive teeth without the concerns if occasionally ingested

    Natch Labs is changing your oral care for the better and in a healthy way, and we're incredibly proud of it! 🌿

    We rely on natural ingredients - without  harsh chemicals or questionable  ingredients. Instead, our toothpaste harnesses the power of nature such asminerals, salts, plants and oils.  

    Effective, clean, and healthy!

    And our packaging is all about sustainability! We use eco-friendly, recyclable, and biodegradable materials. We want your oral care not only to give you  a radiant smile but also to protect our planet.

    Furthermore, we are cruelty-free and vegan – no animals are harmed for Natch!

    In a world where natural and sustainable choices matter, we are the best alternative to conventional toothpaste! Switch to Natch Labs today for a clean, environmentally friendly, and a healthy smile. 💚

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