Toothpaste and toothbrushing. The nemesis of most parents, I think, and one we pretty much avoided by not brushing teeth regularly, but counting on night feeds of breastmilk Â to clean the teeth â€“ that’s been my totally unscientific solution, anyway.
We eventually started brushing Ameli’s teeth a few months ago now, but we made it into a game.Â I decided to take a few months to make a few years simplerâ€¦ and so far so good. So what we do now is that I brush her teeth as quickly but all-over as possible in the time she’ll not fight, and then let her â€˜brush’ her own teeth â€“ which is entirely unsuccessful in actual cleaning.
In an attempt to strengthen and protect teeth, we’ve introduced the use of Xylitol in her (decaf) tea, rather than sugar, and especially when she was teething, we used Calc.Phos to help with the development of strong teeth.
There’s a huge debate in many toothy circles about fluoride and whether it’s a good thing or not. Now, I’m not really interested in a debate on fluoride. I know I’ve used it my whole life, and my teeth can’t even withstand pregnancy, so I don’t feel it’s done me any favours. I also know that since starting on Xylitol I’ve had fewer cavities and no new broken teeth. A bonus for me.
So, what to do about toothpaste? Children are supposed to have fluoride free toothpaste as they’re not supposed to swallow it, and even at two, Ameli still swallows more toothpaste than she spits out, so I’m quite happy to not even start her on a fluoride toothpaste until we can reassess down the line.
Which is why I’m thrilled to have Green People’s fluoride free toothpaste. Now, I must tell you, I like the minty fresh thing with toothpaste, but that’s because that’s what I’m used to. Ameli has no problem with Mandarin and Aloe Vera toothpaste, and if I just give her a dry toothbrush, she’ll ask for the toothpaste, so that’s good.Â (Green People’s tooth paste is also available in Spearmint and Aloe Vera.)
Green People toothpaste uses a blend of Calcium Carbonate to gently clean and remove plaque, and Vitamin C and Myrrh combat gum disease. Aloe Vera has a soothing effect on tender gums, reduces swelling and is a powerful antiseptic.
Neither flavour contains Flouride, SLS (which makes conventional toothpastes foam), triclosan, sorbitol, parabens, phthalates, sweeteners, petrochemicals or colourants.Â They are also certified Organic.
If you’d like to give Green People Toothpaste a try, I have five tubes up for grabs, so leave a comment below letting me know which flavour you’d prefer to try, as well as naming one of the ingredients in the toothpaste.
The competition end at 23:59 on 21 November, and the winners will be chosen at random using Random.org.Â
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