Behind the glow-up

Say goodbye to fluoride

Why Hydroxyapatite is the New Superstar in Oral Care

Fluoride is a chemical that has been added to toothpaste and other oral care products for decades to prevent cavities. In the 1930s, fluoride was discovered as a potential dental health aid when researchers noticed that communities with naturally high fluoride levels in their water had a lower rate of tooth decay. This led to the inclusion of fluoride in water supplies as a public health measure against cavities. Fluoride has since become a standard practice in many countries around the world. It's also been added to many dental care products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash, to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. However, the effectiveness and safety of fluoride use have been the subject of ongoing scientific research and public debate, hence promoting the use of alternative substances and methods, such as hydroxyapatite.

A Michigan Historical Marker recognizes “the beginning of water fluoridation” outside the former Monroe Avenue Water Filtration Plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan

One of the main concerns about fluoride is that it can be toxic in large doses. This is especially true for children, who may accidentally ingest too much toothpaste if not supervised while brushing their teeth. Fluoride can also lead to a condition known as fluorosis, which results in discoloration and mottling of the teeth. Another concern is that fluoride may not be as effective at preventing tooth decay as once thought. Studies have suggested that fluoride primarily strengthens the tooth's surface but may be less effective at attacking the bacteria that cause tooth decay. This means that other substances, such as hydroxyapatite, may be more effective at preventing cavities.

Fluorosis - a condition that results in tooth discoloration caused by overexposure to fluoride. Hydroxyapatite is the main component of enamel, comprising over 90% of its foundation. It has been used in dental care for over 40 years to control plaque buildup, whiten teeth, as a means of cavity prevention, and as a component of oral implants. Hydroxyapatite is a safe and non-toxic alternative that performs better than fluoride in preventing tooth decay because it contains calcium and phosphate. Through enamel remineralization, the body absorbs hydroxyapatite into decayed areas of the tooth. This reduces tooth decay and sensitivity while improving the overall health of the tooth and gums.

Hydroxyapatite restores tooth enamel and fills microfissures


While fluoride has been used for a long time to prevent tooth decay, alternative substances like hydroxyapatite may be more effective. Hydroxyapatite (HAp) also has other benefits, like remineralization and decreasing sensitivity. Doctor Gabe's Glow Up Toothpaste combines clinical-grade hydroxyapatite with the natural freshening power of essential oils to create a toothpaste with the benefits of fluoride without the harmful side effects. Our remarkable formula incorporates hydroxyapatite to protect and rebuild the enamel through enamel remineralization. Our toothpaste contains a rich infusion of essential oils, including peppermint and spearmint, that leaves the breath fresh for hours.

Learn more about the history of fluoride here.