If you haven’t taken the time to read the ingredients in the toothpaste your children use, it might be a little shocking to you what toothpaste manufacturers feel like they need to put in. Here are some ingredients that I found in several different popular children’s toothpastes…
FD&C Red 40
All of the major brands of kids’ toothpaste include some kind of artificial coloring or dye. Research has shown Red 40 can cause hyperactivity in children. I don’t know about you, but an ingredient that can cause hyperactivity is just about the last thing I want in my children’s mouths right before they go to bed.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
This ingredient is controversial to many (it’s also an ingredient in many shampoos, laundry detergents, body washes, etc.), as it is a known skin irritant. SLS is, in fact, used to cause skin irritation purposely for certain scientific research studies. Sound like something you want in your toothpaste? Wait, one more thing…there was a study done that showed a significantly higher frequency of aphthous ulcers (ulcers that form on the mucous membranes) when subjects brushed their teeth with a toothpaste that contained SLS versus toothpaste that did not contain SLS. Yikes!
There are other ingredients in children’s toothpaste that I don’t want in my children’s mouths, such as fluoride.
Consider the amount of toothpaste that children absorb in their mouths and swallow over the first few years of brushing their teeth, and then over the course of their lifetime. Some of these ingredients are deemed acceptable in small amounts, but when you realize the amounts are not so small when used day in and day out, at least twice a day, you may want another solution. My kids, all four of them, love the KidScents Slique Toothpaste (and I do, too!!).