Sensitive teeth are not uncommon: Many people are familiar with that sharp, uncomfortable pain that occurs after consuming certain foods or drinks. The reason for this is often improper or insufficient dental care, leading to deterioration of tooth enamel and irritation of the gums. Gums begin to recede, and the roots of the teeth are exposed; the narrow canals that traverse the inside of the teeth are no longer protected. External irritants such as cold, heat, sweetness and sourness hit the nerve of the tooth directly, causing sudden sharp pain.

Characteristics of sensitive teeth

  • Pain caused by contact with certain foods or drinks
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Gum irritation
  • Roots of teeth are exposed 

Proper care

It is essential to practise regular oral hygiene in order to prevent and to treat sensitive teeth. The correct brushing technique should be thorough, but gentle. Too much pressure when brushing can damage the gums, leading to irritation and actually triggering the vicious cycle of sensitive teeth. A soft toothbrush can effectively remove plaque without harming the gums or roots of the teeth. When choosing a toothpaste, make sure that it does not contain any aggressive cleansing particles or bleaching substances, as they can do additional damage to the enamel.

Extra-gentle cleansing and care with lavera Sensitive Toothpaste 

lavera Sensitive Toothpaste cleans sensitive teeth and their exposed roots particularly gently.

Camomile, myrrh and witch hazel: soothe the gums, protect oral flora, strengthen the gums

Sodium fluoride: provides effective protection from tooth decay, important component of healthy tooth enamel

Silicic cleansing particles: allow for gentle cleansing, remove bacterial plaque without damaging the enamel


The earlier, the better: Once a child's first tooth breaks through, parents should start brushing so that oral hygiene becomes part of a normal daily routine. By teaching children good dental care habits, we help them learn how to keep their teeth healthy as adults. 

WARNING: The bacteria that cause tooth decay are communicable! If you have these bacteria in your own mouth, you can transmit them to your child through saliva. You should never lick your child's spoon and then use it to keep feeding your child.

Characteristics of children's teeth (milk teeth)

  • Much thinner layer of enamel, making them more susceptible to tooth decay
  • Healthy baby teeth are a prerequisite for healthy teeth in future
  • They start falling out around age 6–7; adult teeth have usually fully emerged by age 12

Proper care

Children learn proper dental care best with a step-by-step method: first the chewing surfaces, then the outer surfaces, and then the inner surfaces of the teeth.

Step 1: chewing surfaces. First, brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth with back-and-forth motions. Start on the right-hand side, with the lower teeth first, then the upper teeth. Then do the left side – bottom first, then the top.

Step 2: outer surfaces. Let your child make small circles on the outer surfaces of the teeth with a toothbrush. Start on the right-hand side and work from back to front, then repeat the process on the left-hand side. Then clench the teeth and smile: Brush the front teeth with the same circular motions.

Step 3: inner surfaces. Start with the back teeth when brushing the inner surfaces. The rule of thumb here is: work from 'red to white', in other words, from the gums toward the teeth. Once children are capable of spitting out toothpaste completely, using adult toothpaste should not pose a problem.

Healthy protection for baby teeth with lavera Children's Gel Toothpaste

With basis sensitiv Children's Gel Toothpaste, brushing your teeth is great fun! This fruity gel toothpaste with tasty organic strawberry and organic raspberry flavours makes kids want to brush, and thanks to its natural silicic acid cleansing particles, it reliably removes plaque and food debris. This is particularly important, as bacterial plaque is a major cause of tooth decay. Xylitol prevents the formation of plaque and the production of acids that damage the teeth. 

And the best part? Kids who are just learning to brush tend to swallow toothpaste, so lavera Children's Gel Toothpaste contains no surfactants (foaming agents) or fluoride.


At this point, we would like to make it clear why lavera offers some toothpastes with fluoride, and why we specifically exclude it from some of our other toothpaste formulas. 

Our many years of experience in the natural cosmetics market demonstrate that a great number of our customers want products that contain fluoride, while many others have made a conscious decision to avoid this substance. Parents, for example, often seek out alternatives to fluoridated toothpastes if their children are allergic or particularly sensitive. lavera also offers a range of different dental care products in order to meet the individual needs of as many customers as possible. That's why lavera offers dental care products both with and without fluoride.

Products with sodium fluoride
  • basis sensitiv Toothpaste, Mint
  • basis sensitiv Toothpaste, Sensitive
Products without sodium fluoride
  • basis sensitiv Toothpaste, Classic
  • basis sensitiv Children's Gel Toothpaste
  • Neutral Gel Toothpaste

Frequently asked questions

Is fluoride poisonous?

There is no doubt that extreme overdoses of fluoride are harmful to the human body – but this holds true for other chemical substances, as well. It's because fluoride can be found in so many things that enter our body every day, either intentionally or unintentionally – water, food, and the like – that many consumers are afraid that they will cross the line to an 'overdose' of fluoride if they use toothpastes that contain the chemical.

However, experts believe it is practically impossible to develop a true case of fluoride poisoning as a result of using certain toothpastes. For example, a 1-year-old child of average weight would need to ingest approximately 53 ml of toothpaste. That amount is much higher for adults; it's essentially impossible for an adult to contract fluoride poisoning through the consumption of toothpaste.

Where does fluoride come from?

The sodium fluoride used in lavera Naturkosmetik's products is a fine, white powder that is odourless and mild on the skin and mucous membranes.

In nature, fluoride is only found in combination with other substances. It makes up approximately 0.065% of the 16-kilometre top layer of Earth's crust. Fluoride can also be found in many types of igneous rock. The most important fluoride mineral is calcium fluoride. Additionally, fluoride can be found in a number of different types of rock, including cryolite, apatite, topaz, mica, and many more. 

Traces of fluoride compounds can also be found in many organisms. Tea, asparagus, and fish have a very high fluoride content. Foods containing fluoride include table salt, drinking water, and milk.

Explanation of poor test results

Stiftung Warentest, a German consumer organisation, tested a number of children's toothpastes and rated lavera's fluoride-free gel toothpaste with organic raspberry & organic strawberry as 'poor' in the December 2015 issue of its magazine.

Unfortunately, Stiftung Warentest tested a certified natural cosmetics product from the lavera dental care line that does not contain fluoride, rather than a product that does; the organisation did the same during its last series of tests.

As a result of the test parameters set by Stiftung Warentest, we received a poor rating. If a product does not contain fluoride, it automatically receives a "poor" rating.

Apart from that, the other individual aspects of the rating were similar to conventional dental care products: The product does not contain zinc oxide, and the packaging is also good. The children's gel toothpaste lost points for its labelling and was consequently only rated 'satisfactory'. In awarding this rating, Stiftung Warentest made reference to the lavera quality guarantee, in which we explain the value of lavera's natural cosmetics and point out the ingredients that our products do not contain. Our packaging and labelling are in line with legal requirements.

We made a conscious decision to omit fluoride from our children's gel toothpaste, and we offer alternative products that do contain fluoride.

The lavera Naturkosmetik brand strives to meet the personal care needs of all of our customers; that's why we offer these two options, both of which have proven themselves in the marketplace for the last 28 years. Consequently, lavera cannot understand why Stiftung Warentest selected the product it did, nor why it awarded the aforementioned rating.

Why? Dental care products generally include fluoride. As a result of scientific findings, special products without fluoride are also necessary. lavera Naturkosmetik has consequently offered both versions since the company was founded in 1987. In that sense, these are tried-and-tested dental care products.

Why doesn't lavera use fluoride in its children's gel toothpaste?

Many parents are worried that small children ingest a dangerous amount of fluoride when they swallow toothpaste. The musculature of babies' and children's mouths is not yet fully developed, which is why they swallow toothpaste more often than older children and adults. Children under three often swallow up to 60% of their toothpaste.

This is why lavera offers basis sensitiv Organic Strawberry & Organic Raspberry Gel Toothpaste for baby teeth. For older children, lavera Sensitive Toothpaste is a very good alternative.

Which type of fluoride does lavera use?

lavera uses high-quality sodium fluoride. Numerous tests have demonstrated that sodium fluoride makes teeth more resistant to acid and, consequently, less susceptible to tooth decay. The maximum concentration of sodium fluoride permitted in dental care products is 0.15% (1,500 ppm). Small children should only use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste (fluoride content: 500 ppm) to avoid ingesting too much of the substance. Dentists recommend that children aged six and up use toothpaste that contains more than 1,000 ppm of fluoride.

Sodium fluoride offers three main benefits:

Unlike monofluorophosphate, a type of fluoride commonly used in conventional toothpastes, sodium fluoride is an inorganic fluoride that is free from phosphate compounds. Phosphates tend to cause irritation in many people with allergies. Sodium fluoride (not to be confused with sodium monofluorophosphate) does not carry this risk of irritation.

Sodium fluoride works quickly and naturally.

Several series of tests have demonstrated that sodium fluoride neutralises oral bacteria particularly rapidly.

*Animal testing on natural personal care and colour cosmetics has been banned in the EU since March 2013.
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