Teeth decay is a big topic for me and so I've been asked at least 100 bajillion majillion times, "What toothpaste do your children use?" This post is intended to answer that question.
What do we use? We've used a lot of different products on our teeth healing journey. Going through countless products costs money and takes up time. We made our own. We purchased very expensive stuff, such as Theodent. We purchased very high quality, semi-expensive stuff, such as Pascadent. (Pascadent is good for higher-level, targeted clay packing in the teeth and might cause detoxes or other issues, especially with amalgams in the mouth. Please research before going willy nilly.)We made more of our own. We had friends make some for us. We bought "natural" toothpastes and then laughed, and then cried a little, at the misleading claims and tricky ingredients.
When a frazzled parent is dealing with basic teeth decay in young children and asks me, what do you use? I have one starting point that I honestly feel is a good, basic, affordable choice: Earthpaste.
Earthpaste is owned by Redmond Salt Company. They took clay, salt and essential oils and made it into a convenient squeeze tube of toothpaste. You can spit or swallow (or leave it on as we do over here). It comes in a variety of flavors... including one that my children miraculously embraced.
One of the struggles with brushing, at least for my children, is the flavor of the toothpaste. My kids found most, well, I guess all common toothpaste flavors overbearing. All the mints were too spicy. And cinnamon? If peppermint is too spicy to your toddler, cinnamon is like the 7th level of hell. The sweeter children's toothpastes were filled with junk or basically just gel smeared onto the teeth and often my kids disapproved of the flavors anyways. I couldn't find healing recipes that also appealed to children.
I had already started using Earthpaste and really liked it. DH also liked it and immediately switched to it. Prior to Earthpaste, we had been mixing filtered water with Pascadent and making our own paste. This was after trying other recipes that didn't pan out. But, DH was also packing it into his teeth overnight. This caused an amalgam to fall out on its own as his tooth healed. (BIG OOPSIES.) I was in search of something that supports oral health in a less intense way. I was tired of making our own stuff, following countless recipes and watching them mold over go rancid, or just run out too quickly. I was tired of reading ingredient labels at the store and seeing all the slick advertising on natural products still filled with other crap. (Hint: if a product immediately screams PARABEN FREE it's almost certainly filled with other crap.)
Earthpaste hit the most boxes on my checklist. Fairly affordable, simple to use, free of the stuff most people grumble about, aids in oral health and remineralization, and tastes good.
Of course, my kids looked at the peppermint tube I bought and ran away shouting NO at the top of their lungs. Thankfully, Earthpaste sent me a tube of their children's flavor: Lemon Twist. I know. I thought the same thing...no way would my kids go for it. They did. They do. No fighting, no bribing.
So, when you ask me what toothpaste I use for my kids...I'm going to tell you I wash their mouths out with mud. I suggest you consider doing the same!
|My 2 year old, voluntarily brushing with lemon mud|
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