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Fluoride-free Toothpaste Quiz
by Staff
Yes, fluoride has been shown to significantly prevent tooth decay. But it's also a toxin, many people believe this widespread additive isn't really doing us any favors. Take this quiz to find out how much you really know about your toothpaste and what should be in (or left out of) it.

Chemically speaking, what element is fluoride derived from?

  • francium
  • fluoride
  • fluorine

Where can fluoride be found in nature?

  • food
  • soil
  • both of the above

What's a benefit of consuming fluoride?

  • tooth decay prevention
  • freshens breath
  • there's no benefit

What commonly contains synthetically produced fluoride?

  • toothpaste
  • fluoride supplements
  • both of the above

If fluoride is so great, what's the benefit of consuming fluoride-free toothpaste?

  • It tastes better.
  • It helps prevent fluoride overdose.
  • There is no benefit.

What's the most common problem concerning fluoride-free toothpaste and consuming too much fluoride?

  • dental fluorosis
  • tooth decay
  • death

What's an easy way to minimize your fluoride intake?

  • Drink more tap water.
  • Use fluoride-free toothpaste.
  • Don't go to the dentist.

Where is fluoride-free toothpaste available for sale?

  • grocery stores and online
  • online through insurance companies
  • only by prescription

What are some common brands that offer fluoride-free toothpaste?

  • Burt's Bees
  • Tom's of Maine
  • both of the above

What are some of the most alarming claims people have made about fluoride?

  • It causes cancer.
  • It causes Alzheimer’s disease.
  • both of the above

Who thinks people in the U.S. are often getting too much fluoride?

  • U.S. government
  • mainstream citizens
  • both of the above

What's the difference between regular toothpastes and fluoride-free kinds?

  • availability
  • absence or presence of fluoride
  • cost

Who's generally to blame for children consuming too much fluoride?

  • dentists
  • city councils
  • nobody

Fluoride-free toothpaste is now more mainstream than toothpaste that contains fluoride.

  • True
  • False
  • Yes, but only in California.

What are common ingredients in homemade fluoride-free toothpaste?

  • coconut oil and baking soda
  • olive oil and baking powder
  • baking soda, club soda and mint leaves

If you make homemade fluoride-free toothpaste with a half-and-half ratio of coconut oil and baking soda, how should you store it?

  • in the refrigerator
  • in an open-air container
  • in a glass jar with a lid

What factor is not necessary for an effective fluoride-free toothpaste?

  • a minty flavor
  • abrasiveness
  • foaming agents

What are signs of dental fluorosis?

  • cavities
  • rotting teeth
  • discoloration and spotting of the teeth

Toothpastes made hundreds of years ago were less concerned with _____ than we are today.

  • tooth health
  • appearance of teeth
  • longevity of teeth

When can you start to use fluoride-free toothpaste?

  • right now
  • after you slowly introduce it over a 10-week trial period
  • after you get the OK from your dentist