Natural toothpaste for children
After the birth of my second child I remember my midwife visiting my home to do the usual follow up routine and presenting me with a tube of Colgate toothpaste stating “this is what is recommended to use now as soon as your baby’s teeth cut through, he’ll need the fluoride for healthy teeth.” At that time I didn’t know what I know now about fluoride but my gut feeling told me that this adult looking toothpaste wasn’t best for my baby. I ended up going along with the Aquafresh Milk Teeth toothpaste that I’d been recommended by my midwife for my firstborn. That is until I realised about Fluoride, SLS and all the other toxic chemicals. And so my quest for a natural toothpaste began.
After reading the back of packs of supposedly ‘natural’ store bought toothpastes, I’ve discovered that many brands still contain sulfites or sulfates (especially sodium lauryl sulphate) which is a big no no on my list. When shopping around, don’t just trust the image or the outer packaging, always read the label to find out what’s really inside.
After my search for the perfect toothpaste for my little boys, here are my top three all natural choices…
Tom’s of Maine
Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry children’s formula has no added nasties. It has nontoxic cleansers like silica and calcium that gently clean your child’s teeth. The strawberry flavour is a big hit with my kids.
Ankle Biters Bubble Trouble Toothpaste is free from synthetic chemical preservatives, colouring, bleach, sodium lauryl sulphate and artificial sweeteners. It contains natural fruit flavours and herbal oils, combined with the anti-plaque action of xylitol and plant-derived antibacterial preservative Totarol. My youngest loves this one although my eldest isn’t as keen on the flavour.
The Green People
The Green People’s Organic Mandarin & Aloe Vera toothpaste seems to be the favourite in our house and is the one that gets requested the most by my boys. It’s 100% natural, uses fair trade ingredients, it contains antioxidant olive leaf extract which helps to protect gums and is certified organic. It has a nice orange flavour and doesn’t taste too strong.
Here’s a little video review of our favourite
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