Children And Too Much Toothpaste

Fluoride is toxic and too much fluoride in paste can be problematic for children’s teeth.

The New York Times recently published, “Many Children are Overdoing It On The Toothpaste,” based on a CDC study. This study focuses on fluoride and it’s potential harm on developing enamel. The problem is when a child is young they may swallow toothpaste instead of spitting it all out, even with parental supervision. I believe, with mainstream toothpaste, you should be alarmed with not only the fluoride toxin but all the other toxic chemicals in the pastes. Even if your child spits, chemicals can be absorbed through the oral mucosa. It’s crucial you decide what gets put into your child’s mouth!

Purchase Children’s Toothpaste Without Fluoride

When my daughter was young, I only purchased children’s toothpaste for her from the health food store, without fluoride and a yummy mango flavor she loved. When we ingest fluoride it’s considered cumulative because we can only get rid of about 50% through our urine, which declines as we age. I would also think about all the other hidden chemicals being ingested which don’t require labeling on the tubes.

Unfortunately, mainstream toothpastes are more like detergent, with many of the same ingredients found in handwashing soap, which over time, isn’t even healthy for your skin, let alone eating it. See my blog, The Truthpaste of Toothpaste. I recommend all natural children’s toothpaste without fluoride. A great natural toothpaste brand is Jason. You may also want to try Jack N’ Jill toothpaste because it has xylitol in it which can prevent decay.

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Consistent brushing and flossing habits along with a healthy diet are paramount to decay prevention, not fluoride toothpaste. Do not allow your kids to drink or eat anything sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, period.

When eating carbs and sugars, limit the frequency. It’s best to drink sugary beverages with a meal and to not sip on them slowly. The longer the exposure of liquid sugar in the mouth, the longer the acidity lasts which increases decay. I told this to my teenage nephew once, and when he purchased a sweetened iced tea, he gulped it down in one chug so quickly my sister took notice. He told her auntie told him to drink it as fast as he could to limit the acid attack!! You get the idea. It’s classic for service industry workers to sip on sodas slowly during their shifts, giving them some of the highest decay rates.

My grandfather was a dentist, Dr. Salvatore Griffo, and he gave me advice I always pass on to kids and their parents. When your kids are not at home, perhaps at school, have them swish their mouths well with water after they eat and drink. If you can’t brush, swish with water, which helps break up the food and neutralize the acidity after ingesting carbs and sugars. Most schools have water fountains, and believe me, as a kid, I knew where every fountain was, I was a good swisher.

Good oral habits will allow you to air on the side of caution by avoiding fluoride toothpaste for your kids, and perhaps, forever.

P.S. My daughter is almost 18 years old and she does not have one single dental filling from decay, and neither does my nephew!!

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Author: Cari

Cari has been a practicing dental hygienist for over 30 years. She received her degree with honors and was selected for a rare internship at Eastman Dental School, Rochester, NY. She then went on to receive a BS in Social Work from Nazareth College, cum laude. She has practiced in a variety of offices in Santa Fe for almost 25 years, with dental hygiene experience that has spanned from public health to holistic private practice, to specializing in dental phobic patients. Her commitment to research with a life-long desire to learn is combined with her genuine drive to provide patients with a whole health knowledge base. Cari also brings her experience as a published writer to her role as an oral health blogger. She has written blogs and web pages for Beyond Borders Dental in her role as Director of Dental Relations and Education.

2 thoughts on “Children And Too Much Toothpaste”

    1. Hi Ardelle,
      Fluoride is very controversial, period. I just saw a patient the other day with fluorosis, and she grew up in Santa Fe, drinking the same fluoridated water as anyone else her age, where it’s extremely unusual to have fluorosis. The dentist and I concluded she probably ingested too much fluoride from her paste as a child. It’s up to you to decide the cumulative effects of fluoride in your body, especially during the development of a child. As I suggested, the idea of fluoride being the only safeguard against decay, detracts from the many other routines for oral health.

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