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We get a lot of questions about toothpaste and fluoride and “my Dentist says my son needs fluoride drops”  here and I am still kind of wishy washy about fluoride.  Especially after having read the great articles on SAFBaby regarding Fluoride… it really makes you wonder whether it’s the best thing.  Whether you are anti or pro fluoride, you might also be concerned with the other ingredients in toothpaste such as: sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, artificial colors, and triclosan. Here’s a quickie Cheat Sheet based on the natural toothpastes for kids we have tried or know of that are free of the ingredients in question. I figured a new list of BPA Free toothbrushes was appropriate too. Last updated: May 2, 2013

Natural Toothpastes

  • Jack n’ Jill Natural Toothpaste (Xylitol instead of Fluoride) –  Skin Deep Rating: 0
  • Earthpaste Natural Toothpaste (Non-GMO Xylitol instead of Fluoride)
  • Poofy Organics Happy Teeth Toothpaste (Xylitol instead of Fluoride) – Skin Deep Rating: 1-3
  • Weleda Tooth Gel (Fluoride Free) – Skin Deep Rating: 3
  • Kiss My Face Kids Toothpaste (Fluoride and Fluoride Free): Sweetened with Stevia – Skin Deep Rating: 3 (w/ Fluoride: 4)
  • Toms of Maine (Fluoride and Fluoride Free): NOTE: The only caveat with this one is that it  contains sodium lauryl sulfate so if that’s a problem for you skip it and try one of the other brands. – Skin Deep Rating: 3 (w/ Fluoride: 4)
  • Burt’s Bees Kids Toothpaste (Fluoride and Fluoride Free) – Skin Deep Rating: 1 (old formulation)
  • Green Beaver Natural Toothpaste (Fluoride Free) – Skin Deep Rating: 2
  • Jason Natural Cosmetics Orange Kids Only Toothpaste: (Fluoride and Fluoride Free)  Certified organic, wheat and gluten free – Skin Deep Rating: 2 (w/ Fluoride: N/A)
  • Natural Dentist (Fluoride and Fluoride Free) – Skin Deep: 4 – They only have a rating for the kids toothpaste with Fluoride
  • Miessence Organics Toothpaste (Fluoride Free) – Skin Deep Rating (0-1)
  • Toothsoap (Fluoride Free)
  • Dr. Nate’s Natural Toothpaste (Xylitol instead of Fluoride)

(Note: It was just pointed out to me that some aluminum toothpaste tubes may contain BPA so depending on whether recyclable vs possible traces of BPA is your concern, you can make that call.

Make Your Own

Our friends at LuSa Organics (they make awesome soaps and body care… I live for their body scrubs) posted a great blog post and tutorial for making your own toothpaste.  Check it out: LuSa Organics Homemade Toothpaste

  • 2 tsp Natural Liquid Soap (try unscented Dr. Bronner’s or similar)
  • 4 Tb Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tb Water
  • 2 Tb Xylitol (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia powder
  • 10-20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 5-10 drops Spearmint or Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Boil a small pan of water. Measure out 1 Tb and stir into it Xylitol (optional). Stir to dissolve. Melt coconut oil and add to water mixture. Measure in soap and stevia and blend (a stick blender works well if you have one. Otherwise use your regular blender or whisk by hand like mad).  Blend while the formula cools enough to stay combined. Add essential oils and transfer to a clean squeeze or pump bottle. Cool completely, shake well. Read their full post here… make sure to also check out their skincare items…. Looooove!

BPA / PVC / Phthalate Free Toothbrushes

Here’s a quick list of the toothbrushes we know of that are BPA and PVC free from our previous search for safer toothbrushes, FAQ: What’s In My Toddlers Toothbrush, along with a couple new ones.

I stumbled onto The Soft Landing’s safer toothbrush finds in their blog. (I should have known Alicia would be on top of this one!)  She says the following are all BPA/PVC/Phthalate Free too:

  • RazBaby (Silicone)
  • Nuby 3 piece set
  • Kushies Baby Banana Brush
  • Baby Buddy (Silicone)
  • Smile Brite (Bunnies and Child’s First)
  • Kent Toothbrushes (all)

Dental Sealants

many people worry about BPA in dental sealants and it’s a real concern, especially for kids.  Our pediatric dentist uses UltraSeal XT Plus (Made by UltraDent Products. Inc.) which contains no BPA according to the company.  So if your dentist tells you it doesn’t exist, educate them or find a dentist that is up to speed on issues like BPA in dentistry.

Posted by: SafeMama Kathy on February 11, 2010


12 Responses to “Cheat Sheet: Natural Toothpaste & BPA Free Toothbrushes For Kids”

  1. rebecca on February 11th, 2010 1:14 pm

    Another toothbrush that is BPA free and 100% recyclable is the Totz brush by Radius. I found it at Whole Foods around Christmas and I love it for my 2 year old. It is wider and has shorter bristles to get in that tiny mouth well. We were using the preserve toothbrush, but the bristles were too long to get up under his lip and he hated for me to brush. We have no fusses with this kind and they are very inexpensive.

  2. Kathy on February 11th, 2010 1:27 pm

    Thanks Rebecca – Those look cute! I’ll have to try them out.

  3. Jaime on February 11th, 2010 2:20 pm

    Just a note about Tom’s of Maine….they make multiple formulations that are SLS free. I use one formulation and I have a different one for my daughter – neither one have SLS in them. There is also a lemon-lime one by Tom’s we’ve used before that doesn’t have SLS, which is the flavor my kids prefer over the mint flavors.

  4. Mareca Medsger on February 11th, 2010 2:27 pm

    Another toothpaste to look into is Tate’s Natural Miracle Toothpaste. It is fluoride, Sulfate, paraben, artificial sweetner free. It is not a specific kids paste but it has a very mild flavor and 100% natrual. It even removed coffee stains off my teeth. My niece who hates “spicy” toothpaste even liked it.

  5. Anne on February 11th, 2010 3:11 pm

    Do you know which of those toothpastes have xylitol? I haven’t had any luck finding fluoride free toothpastes for kids that include xylitol.

  6. Kathy on February 11th, 2010 7:41 pm

    Natural Dentist has a fluoride free toothpaste that uses Xylitol (off the top of my head).

  7. Tiffany on February 15th, 2010 3:10 am

    According to the Skin Deep database, the Gerber Grins & Giggles Infant Tooth & Gum Cleanser is only rated as a 2. How does it compare to the others listed here? We have been using a Gerber toothbrush with the accompanying Tooth & Gum cleanser. I am curious how this and the Gerber toothbrush stack up…

  8. Statia on February 15th, 2010 2:58 pm

    While they’ve cleaned up the ingredients in this toothpaste in recent years, I don’t feel comfortable recommending it, 1) if you break down the ingredients, you’ll find two high hazard ingredients, propylene glycol and silicone dioxide. 2). We always tell our readers to avoid propylene glycol. While propylene glycol is supposedly safe to eat, it’s a penetration enhancer, as well as antifreeze (they use it as a plane deicer, so the fact that they put this stuff in food and cosmetics too, well, it’s just icky).

  9. Joanne on February 16th, 2010 2:19 am

    Our dentist gives out one called Baby Bling and a fluoridated version called Banilla Bling. They have xylitol and taste AMAZING!!

  10. Kathy on February 16th, 2010 12:39 pm

    Thanks Joanne (an others) for the extra recommendations… my concern is with an ingredient in some of the “natural” toothpastes and other skin care products called Cocamidopropyl Betaine. It’s found in MANY natural products but has been found by the EWG to sometimes be contaminated with carcinogenic nitrosamines. It also rates a 5 in the Skin Deep database.

  11. Deb on February 19th, 2010 5:08 am

    Koala Pals Toothbrushes and Tooth Gels are available with and without flouride. They are all natural and have xylitol. My kids love them! They have no cavities and love to brush!

  12. Sue on February 23rd, 2010 4:01 pm

    Can you please explain the benefits of Xylitol in a blog? Thanks so much! Love your writing!!