As the mother of a 2 year old who does occasionally chew on his toothbrush, I wondered of its safety. Apparently, I’m not alone in this and I’ve gotten a dozen emails from parents asking this very question. Do toothbrushes have Bisphenol-A in them? Are they safe?
SafeMama Jaime, our resident researcher, took on the challenge of finding out what some those little toothbrushes are made of. In the interest of efficiency she contacted a couple of the most popular child toothbrush carriers Oral-B and Learning Curve. Here are the results:
Oral-B carries a bevy of children’s toothbrushes, and we were pleased to find that ALL children’s toothbrushes are made with polypropylene (#5) plastic. The heads and bristles are made with Dupont Nylon Tynex, thermaplastic elastomer, brass staple wires, pigments, and some have the heat transfers.
Learning Curve reported in:
American Red Cross Toddler Toothbrush 2 Pack: Polypropylene #5 (outer) TPA Krayton (inner) and have nylon bristles
Infant to Toddler Oral Care Kit: Polypropylene #5 with nylon bristles;
Infant Finger Brush: Silicone
Alicia from The Soft Landing has already determined that the Sassy Teach Me Toothbrush Set and the Raz-A-Dazzle Silicone Toothbrush is Non-Toxic/BPA Free as well.
This is just a few popular ones, that thankfully are BPA free.
Updated May 7, 2008:
Gerber Grins & Giggles: Polycarbonate plastic toothbrush head and Nylon bristles. We therefore have to assume this toothbrush is not BPA Free.
Updated June 27, 2008:
Baby Buddy: Baby’s 1st Toothbrush is made of 100% Food Grade Silicone and does not have BPA, Lead, Pthalate or PVC. Available on OneStepAhead.com.
We have feelers out on a few other brands so we’ll re-post as we get that information.