I came across an article about Homemade toothpaste for kids.To find out is it really worth doing this exercise at home, I decided to do a research on the topic. Image courtesy: Google image search result for Homemade toothpaste for toddlers
The word “Homemade” when coupled with any other product gives us a feeling of cleanliness, organic, less expensive and lots of hard work. Let us find out if this is worth investing your time on this one.
This is what I found
Homemade toothpaste for kids uses Baking Soda as a main Ingredient. As per few blogs which I have read it is safe to use it as long as the child doesn’t consume it in large quantities, which might result in loose stool or diarrhea. And excessive consumption over time may lead to the formation of kidney stones. As per livestrong, many dental associations have approved toothpastes and tooth-power using baking soda.
These are the good uses of Baking Soda as a base
- For parents who do not wish to use tooth care products with fluoride, baking soda is a good alternative provided you consult your dentist
- Baking Soda is an effective tooth cleaning product as it is mildly abrasive which helps it remove sticky plaque and stubborn sugar deposits in the grooves of the teeth
- It can be used as a natural tooth whitener, according to the dentists at Quarry Bend Dental
- The natural freshening ability of baking soda reduces halitosis, or bad breath.
Even with the above mentioned good qualities about Baking Soda, the American Dental Association recommends the use of fluoride-containing products for the reduction of cavities, in kids 2 and older, because fluoride seems to help prevent dental disease, states Kids Health.
Another websites has the following information. The chemical name for baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. We know why sodium is bad, and the bicarbonate part is toxic because it is basic (opposite of acidic). In order for the body to function properly, our blood has to be at neutral pH. Too big a change in either direction = bad news. One tablespoon of baking soda ingested by an infant is enough to significantly change blood pH.
Here is the most basic homemade toothpaste recipe for kids
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1-2 drops of vanilla, strawberry or any other extract which tastes good. Make sure these are alcohol-free
Mix all the above ingredients together and store it in an airtight container.
Google to find more recipes of homemade toothpastes. Variations of the above mentioned recipes can be found on the web.
Few of the links which gives you more knowledge about this are mentioned bekow
Ultimately it is all a trial and error experiments. Do your research and read lots of articles written by others who have experimented doing the toothpaste at home before you try it yourself. Share your experience if you have any with these homemade toothpastes
There is also an interesting article which gives you information about safe toothpastes for children. I hope this is a good read.
PS: I would recommend you consult your dentist before you try it