Toothpaste is a sensitive issue when it comes to getting the little ones to clean their teeth. This is a follow up post to the first I did in the How to get a toddler to – Series on Teeth Cleaning. Tooth paste is a sensitive topic for a few reasons.
The first being that it is common for the wee ones to want to eat more of the toothpaste than actually use it to clean their teeth!
Initially we used a commercially available kids toothpaste, however I became concerned pretty quickly about the fact that H Boy just wanted to eat it – in fact he would ask for more!
Using a children’s specific toothpaste is important as these have a reduced degree of mintyness or as the H Boy would call it – spicyness.
Think back to when you were little – do you remember how hot and uncomfortable it was when you brushed your teeth with the toothpaste your mum and dad bought. Well toothpaste hasn’t change all that much – it is still ‘spicy’.
The second reason kids’ toothpaste is a sensitive topic is directly related to the fact that all they want to do is eat it – that would be fluoride. There are plenty of arguments for and against the inclusion of fluoride in our water supply. Here in Canberra we have a Fluoridated water supply. I kind of think it is a good thing but if you want to read more about the for and against you can have a look here (against) or here (for). It is for this reason (the fact the our water supply is fluoridated) that I chose to use a more natural product as a first toothpaste for my kids.
I found this when I was browsing our local health food shop and was quite happy to give it a go. I loved the fact that it did not contain any sugar or harsh chemicals – especially if all they were going to do was eat it!
It has been a wonderful motivator for the H Boy to clean his teeth without any persuasion required at all. The fact that it is called Snappy jaws and is a bit of fun is just a Bonus! No unwanted commercial sell out cartoon characters here!
Above all you want the whole experience of teeth cleaning to be fun. You also need to consider your family diet and whether your water supply is fluoridated or not. Choosing a non fluoride toothpaste may not be the best thing for everyone – so have a chat with your dentist before making any decisions.