Toothpaste for Toddlers
As a mom of a strong Spirited 19 month old toddler, I’ve been on a quest to find the ideal toothpaste that I feel comfortable knowing he’s going to ingest a small amount of. As any parent knows, brushing a toddlers teeth can be…difficult, to say the least. What was once thought of as a simple, ordinary day to day task soon becomes an epic battle of wills. That toothbrush isn’t even getting close to a toddlers mouth if he or she isn’t at least enticed by the actual taste of the toothpaste. Knowing that toddlers will ingest toothpaste is one thing, but then really thinking about it got me wondering and then ruminating on how safe it can possibly be for my son to ingest this tiny amount of toothpaste on his toothbrush twice a day, every day, until he learns how to swallow (which, right now seems like a far off time of irreverent possibility 😂).
WooBamboo is a 100% natural, green, eco-friendly & Cruelty-Free company with a line of oral-care products that are as natural as they come! Finding natural toothpaste that is truly “natural” has proven to be more difficult than one would initially think, unless you’re already in full detective mode after starting your green living journey. Companies are able to make false claims about products by using clever marketing tactics with labels that say “safe for kids!”, but in reality, many toothpastes are loaded with Sodium Laureth/lauryl Sulfate (SLS), parabens, dyes, and toxic fillers. It’s really sad and I honestly try not to think about it for too long because it angers me so much. I turn this anger into constructive energy to take charge and make informed choices. 💪
WooBamboo reached out to me to try, in exchange for my honest review, their Made For Kids Bubble Berry Toothpaste (which is, of course, suitable for adults as well as children 😊), their 2-pack bamboo toothbrushes for kids, and their biodegradable floss. WooBamboo uses ethically sourced and naturally derived ingredients for both their products and external packaging in order to decrease their toxic footprint on the planet, which I think is incredibly admirable! Using bamboo in place of plastic for their toothbrushes provides a natural antimicrobial property, which is a nice added bonus. I also appreciate that all of the products from Woobamboo’s line are reasonably priced and are definitely affordable in comparison to other natural brands out there.
Oral hygiene, in general, is incredibly important for our overall health and wellness! It’s impossible to be as healthy as you are capable of being without taking proper care of your teeth. It’s vital to keep those pearly whites in tip top shape and this importance starts as soon as those baby teeth emerge. Properly cared for baby teeth pave the road to a positive foundation for a child’s adult teeth. Poor dental hygiene in baby teeth leads to more dental issues later on because adult teeth grow through the child’s gums, which are either facilitating a healthy or unhealthy environment, depending on how they were cared for. Toddlers have no idea what any of this means, so it’s up to us to do right by them for their overall health both now and down the line. It can be difficult to know what’s best for our children with a lot of conflicting information floating around. I definitely know the struggle!
Some old-school people are advocates of flouride-only toothpastes, while others are big proponents of xylitol – only alternatives. Then, to make matters even more confusing, we have flouride-xylitol combo options where some newer research suggests that they work best together as a team, rather than separately. To make matters even more complicated, what may be best for a toddler, may change as the child gets older and can actually spit out the contents of their toothpaste (usually around age 2 or so, but even then, it’s hit or miss). I would say that a child is probably going to ingest some or most of the toothpaste on their toothbrush until at least age 3.
So, since I reviewed and tested these products for my 19 month old toddler, I’m sticking to that targeted age group. If you have older children or are curious about what’s best for yourself, it really comes down to personal preference and what you’re comfortable using for various reasons. Without getting too technical, certain people are more genetically prone to tooth decay than others, which doesn’t mean they’re destined to lose their teeth no matter what, it just means that these people need to be very diligent in their oral-care routine, while using stronger products, in order to keep tooth decay at bay (ie: flossing and rinsing with mouth wash after every meal, not just twice a day, and using a combo flouride/xylitol toothpaste that provides wraparound, targeted protection and treatment). There is also some evidence that people when go from brushing with a flouride toothpaste their whole lives to using a natural, xylitol based alternative, their teeth do not respond well to the transition. I have to do more research on this particular, multifaceted topic (in regards to adults), however, this problem does not occur in a toddler who has not been exposed to flouride toothpastes.
I was very surprised to find that the EWG is a proponent of using flouride in toothpastes, although they are against using flouride in tap water. If you live in an area where water is fluorinated or your children are very young (ie, under 3), it’s probably best to avoid fluoride in toothpaste. Consuming too much flouride can actually wreak havoc on the overall health of your teeth. Small amounts of flouride have been found to assist in keeping tooth decay at bay, but flouride in excess has the reverse effect. Ultimately, I’m a big advocate of doing your own research when it comes to determining what is best for your child’s situation and personal needs.
Starter Toothpaste: aka Toothpaste for toddlers
When my son’s first two teeth arrived at 4 months, I started brushing his teeth with a silicone finger toothbrush and water. He HATED it with a firey passion… I just learned to cope with it every single day, hoping be would get used to it. Fast forward 8 months to his first birthday and the struggle was just as bad. My son finished getting all of his baby teeth by 18 months and it was brutal… 😅👶😬
At around a year old, babies typically have more teeth by this time and they become old enough to begin using a “starter toothpaste” to help pave the road in preventing tooth decay. Only a tiny amount is applied on the brush head that is around the size of a grain of rice, according to the American Dental Association. I honestly don’t even use that much most of the time. They make adorable little toothbrushes that fit into Itty-bitty toddler mouths. The issue is that if a toddler likes a toothpaste’s flavor, he or she will suck the contents off the brush as you brush his/her teeth. All of it, every single time. A lot of people believe that just because something is natural means that it can’t be harmful to consume or apply. This isn’t always the case, so it’s important to always do your homework and research it. Both Flouride AND Xylitol have negative effects when consumed in excess. It’s just a matter of which is worse. Excessive amounts of flouride can actually cause oral heath problems as well as other health problems, so the majority of dental associations are advocates for xylitol-only toothpastes for toddlers. Excessive amounts of xylitol can cause gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea, but you wouldn’t get to this amount with the tiny amount you would be using on your child’s toothbrush. I can definitely, without a doubt, attest to the negative effects of xylitol consumed in excess (found in chewing gum, drinks, mints, as a single-ingredient sugar alternative purchased at the store). It was horrible and the worst part is that I had NO idea what was causing all of my stomach issues for years because I felt I was eating a very clean diet with only natural ingredients.
Xylitol is in fact a naturally occurring ingredient found in berries, vegetables, corn cobs, and mushrooms, so I didn’t think to look into it as a potential issue. When consumed in regular amounts, it’s considered safe. The negative stomach issues and even the possibility of tumor formation is a concern when consumed in high amounts (more than 40 grams per day). For a toddler, I would be much stricter and say half that amount is the cut off at 20 grams per day. That tiny bit of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice is not going to get you there. But, if for some reason you notice your child is having stomach issues after introducing xylitol based toothpastes, try to omit it for a day or two and see if the child’s condition gets better.
Overall, after doing my own research, I feel that for my son who has ordinary baby teeth, a xylitol-only toothpaste is my choice for his overall health and wellness. He loves the flavor of the Bubble Berry Toothpaste from WooBamboo and I’m definitely going to keep using it!
The kid sized version of WooBamboo’s toothbrush appears to be on the bigger side at first glance, but when compared to my son’s other toddler sized toothbrush 👇👇, they’re actually the same exact size. The bristles held up fairly well and didn’t shed at all. They come in a package of two, which is always convenient to have a backup on hand or to have one toothbrush for downstairs and one for upstairs (depending on how and where you decide to brush your toddlers teeth).
These bamboo toothbrushes also can be found in a bigger, adult size. They also have two brush sizes for your pup 🐶 (aka, fur-baby 🐕).
Retail price: $10.95 for two packs of two (four in total). Or, $7.40 for a two-pack on Amazon.
The WooBamboo “Made For Kids” Naturally Flavored Bubble Berry Flouride-Free Eco-Awesome Toothpaste, with calcium carbonate, diatomaceous Earth, bamboo & green tea extracts, comes in a 4oz tube made with “plant based material” and a bamboo cap. This toothpaste is one of the very few that my son enjoys the flavor of, which had me singing the praises of WooBamboo right off the bat. Not to mention, their ingredient list is pretty awesome. They also come in little trial sizes (pictured above) so you can try different flavors to see which one you or your child likes the best! I’m curious about the Marshmallow flavor!
Does not contain harmful ingredients, such as:
Triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Artificial Sweeteners, Fluoride, Propylene Glycol, Diethanolamine (DEA), or micro-beads.
Ingredients: Vegetable Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Water, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Calcium Carbonate, Diatomaceous Earth, Natural Flavors,
Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lycopene (red color from tomatoes), Stevia
Rebaudiana Extract, Lecithin, Sucrose Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Laurel Glutamate, Potassium Sorbate
Retail Price: $5.95 or a pack of 3 for $14.99 on Amazon.
Photo credit: WooBamboo.com
Some cool tidbits about this Floss:
As far as floss goes, I have nothing negative to say and would recommend this eco-friendly option! I didn’t use this floss on my son (I can’t even begin to imagine what that would be like 😂). I used this one myself and for the adults who are reading this post for their children. I do prefer using a water pick option for flossing, in general, because my teeth are spaced close together and I have a tiny mouth, so I find traditional flossing to be challenging. But, for those that don’t have my issues with regular flossing, this Eco Awesome floss works just fine!
Where to Buy:
After doing a Google search, it seems that WooBamboo products can be found in a variety of places. According to WooBamboo “products are now available in over 8000 stores in over 20 countries worldwide, helping sustainability go mainstream!”. One of the most convenient places to shop WooBamboo is Amazon.
You can also purchase directly from their site: http://woobamboo.com/ https://woobamboo.myshopify.com/ if you choose to purchase from their site, you can use (non-affiliate) coupon code CNC20 for 20% off!
All in all, if you’re looking for a natural toothpaste for both you and/or your child, without any unnecessary or cheap fillers, WooBamboo is a great, affordable option!
I hope you’ve found this review to be helpful and that you feel empowered to do your own research to get to the bottom of what you personally feel is best for you and your loved ones! That’s essentially what living a green lifestyle is all about: being educated, informed, and empowered to make wiser choices for not only ourselves and our loved ones, but for the planet as a whole. 🙏🌎🙏
Love & Light,
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