Often, parents buy special toothbrushes and toothpaste for their little ones to introduce them to brushing their teeth. But what kind of toothpaste should parents choose for their child's first tooth brushing experience?
Natural toothpaste is the best choice for kids of any age whose parents want them to develop good habits. Natural toothpaste has many advantages for kids compared to most commercially marketed toothpaste.
What's in "Normal" Kids' Toothpaste
Fluoride is used to fight tooth decay, but dentists and medical researchers are at odds about the right amount to use as well as whether or not it is healthy and beneficial to have in the water supply. If the town's water is fluoridated, it may be beneficial to use a non-fluoride toothpaste at least some of the time.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a chemical compound most often used in shampoos and soaps, but it also appears in most conventional kids' toothpaste. It is a surfactant, which in toothpaste helps to thicken it and make it foam up while kids are brushing. Studies have shown that SLS decreases the bioavailability of fluoride on the teeth, so it works against the main anti-cavity ingredient if it is in the toothpaste. SLS also increases the occurrence of certain kinds of ulcers.
Triclosan is an antibacterial agent used in toothpaste to kill germs and bacteria. Unlike natural bacteria-killers like alcohol or vinegar, however, triclosan has been shown to create resistant bacteria that can't be killed as easily by antibacterial products. It has long been thought that resistant strains of MRSA and other diseases may have come from the overuse of antibiotics and triclosan.
Artificial colors have been found to cause allergic reactions and other problems for some children. Although blue, green or red toothpaste may seem more attractive, there is no particular reason for toothpaste to be any given color.
Sodium Saccharin is an artificial sweetener that has long been linked to various forms of cancer in rats although links to humans have been less consistent. Even though there may not be enough saccharin in toothpaste to be considered harmful, sweeteners in necessary items like toothpaste get the tongue used to sweet tastes, which may impact the amount of sugar or other sweeteners consumed by kids in other foods.
The Biconi Alternative
Biconi's Tooth Fairy Natural Toothpaste uses none of the above ingredients that can be harmful for kids. A fruit and vegetable-based sweetener Xylitol is used which has been shown in studies to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Virgin Coconut Oil is also used for its natural antibacterial and antimicrobial effects. Tooth Fairy Natural Toothpaste uses natural plant extracts and is free from parabens, phthalates, sulphates, mineral oil and alcohol. The beneficial compound propolis is used for its antimicrobial properties and prevention of plaque build-up as well as the ability to fight bad breath and infections.
Shop our baby products for all-natural alternatives to the chemical-laden products found in most stores today.