Picking a children’s toothpaste can be tricky. You go to Wal Mart and Shopper’s Drug Mart or any other big box store and you’ll see dozens of options from the big name brands like Crest, Colgate, Arm and Hammer etc. But if you look at each one of them, at least in my experience-they all contain fluoride. In toothpaste marketed for toddlers. Yet, if you look at the back of an adult tube of Colgate, there are specific warnings not to allow children under the age of 6 to use it, due to the amount of fluoride in it.
Fluoride has it’s benefits of course-it keeps our teeth strong and healthy, it helps keep our drinking water “clean”, and it even naturally occurs in ground water. But recent studies are also starting to determine a lot of the risks of extended exposure and ingestion of fluoride actually outweigh its benefits. Fluoride has been discovered in studies to lower thyroid function, disrupt the immune system and inhibits the body’s ability to form antibodies. In children, it is recommended they ingest no more then .7mg of fluoride daily, but with water fluoridation now being more common, most individuals are ingesting 2-3 times the amount.
This is why we choose to use fluoride free toothpastes-not only for Little, but also more recently, ourselves. Our go to brand for Little has always been Jack and Jill Kids-an Australian company. Fluoride free, sugar free, dye free and SLS free, it’s as natural as you can get without making your own. It’s also rich in xylitol, which is naturally occurring in many fruits and vegetables, is good for your teeth, and stabilizes insulin and hormone levels.
Jack and Jill Kids also makes a super awesome, plastic free toothbrush. With a handle made from biodegradable corn starch and nylon bristles-they stand up great to chewy toddler teeth.
If you need a second choice, Toms of Maine also makes a great children’s toothpaste that is fluoride free. We use Toms of Maine fluoride free toothpaste ourselves as well.