Teaching kids to care for their teeth at an early age is an important life-long lesson. It can also be a great starting point for establishing a natural lifestyle. Choosing a toothpaste made with naturally derived and sourced ingredients is an easy way to introduce your kids to concepts such as green living and environmental awareness.
Using a natural toothpaste doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality either. Instead, you can feel confident that you're caring for your family's oral health while committing to that eco-friendly lifestyle.
Here are five benefits of choosing natural toothpaste for kids.
1. It Really Works
The biggest question I hear when I tell my friends that I choose toothpaste with naturally derived ingredients is, "Does it work?" My cavity-free kids are enough to tell me that, yes, natural toothpaste does work, but you don't have to take my word for it.
The American Dental Association recommends using a fluoride toothpaste as soon as a baby's first tooth comes in to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is currently the only active ingredient in toothpaste regulated by the Federal Drug Administration to help prevent cavities and strengthen enamel.
The fluoride added to most toothpaste is made in laboratories so that individual companies can customize its strength. But it doesn't have to be man-made like that. Fluoride exists in nature and can be found in ocean water, certain foods, and even our bones. You can still get an effective clean if you replace factory-created fluoride with naturally sourced fluoride.
2. Naturally Derived and Sourced Ingredients
I want to feel comfortable with the products my family uses, so I pay close attention to ingredient labels—especially on my kids' products. Unlike conventional options, my kids' toothpaste is free of dyes, preservatives, and artificial flavors. Not only does this make me feel more comfortable about what my kids are putting into their bodies, but I also feel happier knowing that environmental health is taken into account when these ingredients are sourced and processed.
3. Recyclable Packaging
When you want to follow a more eco-friendly lifestyle, what's inside your toothpaste isn't the only thing that matters; what you squeeze it out of is just as important. Look for a natural toothpaste for kids packaged in a recyclable tube. Because most toothpaste tubes are not recyclable, over one billion tubes end up in landfills each year. Choosing a toothpaste that comes in a recyclable tube means your family will be minimizing its contribution to the plastic waste stream.
4. It Starts the Birds-and-Bees Talk
No, not that "birds and bees" talk, a different one. It's not always easy to talk to kids about the importance of protecting the environment and the planet's inhabitants, such as the bees and the birds. These can be challenging concepts for kids to wrap their heads around, but using natural products like toothpaste is a great way to get the conversation going.
Discuss different types of products and how shopping choices can impact the environment. You can also start talking about specific ingredients and encourage your older kids to help read labels the next time you shop together.
5. Kid-Approved Taste
You don't need bright colors and wild flavors to make toothpaste appealing to kids. In fact, for my picky eater, a dye-free toothpaste featuring natural fruit flavors is far more enticing than many of the other conventional kinds of toothpaste we tried in the past. If you find that sparkly, artificially flavored toothpaste isn't working for your kids, natural toothpaste might be just the thing.
Making a commitment to incorporate more natural personal care products into your lifestyle doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your health or even your tastes. Not only is a natural kid's toothpaste effective at preventing cavities, but in some cases, it can also be a better fit flavor-wise.
Ultimately, choosing a natural toothpaste for kids can help you feel more confident that your family is getting the oral care it needs while keeping the environment in mind.
To learn more about products made with naturally derived ingredients, such as Tom's kids' toothpaste, check out the Naturally Good Products board from @tomsofmaine on Pinterest!
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Why It's Good
Choosing a natural toothpaste for kids is an easy way to start a more natural lifestyle. You can feel confident that you're caring for your family's oral health—and helping the environment, too.