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could you tell me a toothpaste that does not have sodium lauryl sulfate or fluoride in it?

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Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dentistry 14 years experience
Tom's of Maine: Tom's is a brand of all-natural body cleaners and toothpaste, mouthwashes, etc. They work well, obviously do not have fluoride, or other chemicals. Feel free to look for them, they are in many grocery stores, or natural heath food stores.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 48 years experience
Toothpaste: ClosysII is one option. Check Tom's of Maine for other options.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Tom's of Maine has been reformulated by Colgate - Palmolive and no longer has the previous organic alternative of using Xylitol that reduces plaque formation, and tastes sweet. So read labels to see if they may have retained one of Tom's that might have it in it. This is what happens when tooth paste companies buy out their competition. Change happens.
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
A few companies: There are many companies which make natural toothpastes free from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and fluoride: Rembrandt Premium, Sensodyne and Xyliwhite , just a few..

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