Cherie E. asks; “Hi there,
Is your natural Cocoa Peppermint Toothpaste safe for my 3 year old to use? I would be helping him brush his teeth. Thanks!
Thanks so much for your interest in my natural Cocoa Peppermint Toothpaste
To be honest, I don’t know.
Children’s needs are different from adults, as you know. There is some controversy about some toothpastes being too abrasive but I suspect that might just be a sales tool for traditional toothpaste companies but I could be wrong. A quick look on google tells me my toothpaste should be okay for a 3 year old, of course as always under supervision but keep in mind I don’t have any scientists testing my toothpaste or anything and I have no dental back ground.
The ingredients are:
Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, a toddler may use a small amount of baking soda moistened with water to gently scrub away plaque and food particles. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are more effective at reaching deposits under the gum line and reduce wear and tear on the tooth enamel. The use of baking soda on your child’s teeth is not harmful and can even be used if your child has sensitive gums or teeth, states Shwetha Dental Hospital. https://www.livestrong.com/article/481234-is-it-safe-to-use-baking-soda-on-a-toddlers-teeth/
A common ingredient in homemade toothpastes. Not too much info available specifically studying it for children.
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
I am not aware of any restrictions against children and Coconut Oil. It is there to replace the synthetic soaps.
Organic Sesame Seed Oil
Same as above. Of course, if a child was allergic to sesame seed oil, that would be bad.
Activated charcoal, makes the toothpaste messy but maybe fun? It is an adsorber and bad things cling to it and gets risnes away.
Supposedly okay for children
Organic Cocoa Powder:
Researchers at Tulane University discovered that cocoa powder contains a powerful extract that’s an effective cavity fighter. https://realfarmacy.com/chocolate-toothpaste-fluoride/
(This is a common sugar substitute but much tastier than others and is also good at fighting bacteria and is food grade. But if ingested in large enough quantities it can cause stomach ache and diarrhea. It is toxic to dogs because their system confused it with real sugar)
Peppermint Essential Oil (I worry a three year old might find this a bit too strong, many children’s toothpaste’s have less flavor – especially since too minty can not be pleasant for little ones. That said, I don’t like a toothpaste that is TOO minty either.)
(nothing too radical here, just a little bit of extra chocolate flavor.
non GMO Vit. E