Welcome to my monthly series…Herbs and Children! I have been learning so much about herbs and how to treat a variety of illnesses, infections, skin conditions, emotions, and other issues in children. While I am far from an expert, I do feel as though I have a lot of great information to share with you that can then use to do your own further research. Each month, I will share a specific “condition” or health concern and the specific herbs that are generally considered safe and effective to use on and in your children to address these conditions. Be sure to read to the end of each post where I link up the previous posts in the series.
This month, we take a little detour off of our normal path. I want to focus on something larger than just herbal remedies. Today, I want to talk about cleaning children’s teeth (and yours too!)
I personally have tried a lot of different natural teeth cleaning products over the years. I think I can share with some authority, which ones we really love and why. In addition to giving you sound recommendations on products to check out (some but not all are affiliate links), I will also share a few great recipes if you want to make your own toothpaste or tooth powders.
5 Natural Toothpastes and Teeth Cleaners We Use and Love
Tropical Traditions Teeth Cleaner – this is the first natural toothpaste I ever tried and it took a wee bit to get used to the taste (which is not at all coconutty, just natural). However, my teeth looked and felt amazing. The true testament was when I went in for a teeth cleaning and the hygienist told me that my teeth and gums were healthier than she had ever seen them. Only thing I was doing different was using this toothpaste.
This was also the first toothpaste I used on Tiny, when she was about 8 months. She was an early teether and had most of her teeth by then. I knew it was safe if she swallowed it and she enjoyed the taste. As she got older, she enjoyed the routine of ‘eating’ the first strip of toothpaste on her toothbrush and then brushing her teeth after I put more toothpaste on there. Tiny’s dental health is incredible! My dentist tells me she has the best teeth of any child (including his) that he has even treated.
Redmond Earthpaste – I got a hold of some Redmond Earthpaste through a promotion a few years back. I wasn’t sure what to think of it at first but my daughter thought it was cool since it looked like mud. The brownish color is obviously the clay and I was worried that Tiny was not going to like the taste. I was wrong. She actually loved all the flavors with the exception of cinnamon (too spicy for her but my favorite). There are no foaming agents in this paste so for those of you whose children like to see suds, that won’t happen. But the end result is squeaky clean teeth and gums that just feel amazing! Plus what child doesn’t love the idea of brushing with mud?
Their 4 pack is a screaming deal and a great way to figure out your favorite flavor.
Peppermint Tooth Powder from Woolly Moss Roots – This is some great stuff! Not only does it taste great, clean the heck out of your teeth, and promote great oral health, but it comes in a super cute bottle that children will love. With only four ingredients in a powder form, I was a little surprised it would work as well as it did. But honestly, I was blown away. Tiny and I like to use this tooth powder every morning and then alternate between the other toothpastes in the evening. This is just a fun way to start your day!
Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness – this is a liquid blend that is made with 100% organic and wild crafted ingredients! This formula is a balance of both warming and cooling antibacterial oils for safe long term use for children and adults. The Healthy Mouth Blend also makes it more difficult for the bacteria to deposit plaque on the tooth. A little goes a long way and while it doesn’t seem like it is possible for a few drops to actually clean your teeth, this blend really does! I like to use it two times per week and Tiny uses it whenever she is in the mood.
Jack N' Jill Fluoride-Free Natural Toothpaste with Certified Organic Banana – this is a fluoride free, sugar free, color free, SLS free, preservative free toothpaste rich in Xylitol and organic Calendula. This toothpaste has lots of natural healing power and powerful anti-inflammatory properties which are good for young teeth and gums. I initially purchased this because I was curious about the banana flavor. It was pretty darn tasty and Tiny adores it. However, it fell out of favor with her although occasionally she still asks to use it. I thought it left her teeth really shiny and they just looked clean. This is a great choice for children who need a flavor that they are more familiar with. It isn’t earthy like the other toothpastes mentioned here.
Are you interested in making your own toothpaste and teethcleaners? It isn’t too tough and I have gathered together some really amazing recipes for you to try!
- Homemade Toothpaste (with Clay and Coconut Oil) by Red and Honey
- Simple Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste by Live Simply
- Homemade Chemical Free Kid Toothpaste by Live Simply
- DIY Whitening Peppermint Toothpaste by A Happy Healthnut
- How I Put An End To Sensitive Teeth With Homemade Toothpaste by The Crunchy Moose
- All Natural Homemade Toothpaste (Just Like Earthpaste) by Don’t Waste The Crumbs
If you would rather purchase a more comprehensive toothpaste making resource, this book is pretty good.
What do you love to use on your family’s teeth? I would love to hear your suggestions.