Is Your Toothpaste Poisoning Your Kids?

children's toothpasteYou keep your children safe by teaching them to look both ways when crossing the street. You monitor their TV watching. You always know where they are. But there’s something you may be giving them that could easily poison them. It’s not what you think. What is it?

Toothpaste. Yes, the toothpaste you give to your children might be poisoning them. How can you tell?

Look at the label on the toothpaste. They all say it, even the so-called healthy ones that you can get in the health food section of your favorite store.

Here is what most of them say: Warning. Not safe for children under 6 years of age. Not to be swallowed. Use a small amount the size of a pea and no more. If a child swallows more than that amount, get medical help or call the poison control center in your area.

This warning is on the ones considered ‘natural’ and even the ‘kids’ toothpaste says this. Take a minute or two and look at the toothpaste your children use. Does it have this warning?

What are some of the items that might be in toothpaste that could be dangerous?

  • Fluoride
  • Sugar
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Sodium saccharin

We have been hearing for years that fluoride can help in the remineralization of teeth, but new research is showing that fluoride is not the best choice for remineralizing teeth that have demineralized teeth surfaces caused by corrosive toothpastes.

Pea size amounts of fluoride toothpastes might be safe for children under the age of 6. It is up to the parents to monitor this. However, most children, if left to applying their own tooth paste, often put a lot more than that on their brush and some even eat or swallow toothpaste. This can be dangerous and lead to some of the symptoms of toxicity known to come from an overdose of fluoride n toothpaste. As little as 1 mg (1/4 teaspoon) of fluoride containing toothpaste can cause adverse symptoms when injected on a regular basis.

There are more than 30,000 calls to US poison control centers every year reporting acute exposures in children due to ingesting fluoride containing toothpaste. Most of the adverse symptoms are gastrointestinal in nature, but some are more severe including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, and intestinal or abdominal cramping. Eating toothpaste on a regular basis has even been reported to affect brain functioning.

What are the ingredients in toothpaste that are not toxic?

  • Neem, a tree bark native to India and Africa, used for centuries to clean teeth and prevent cavities due to its natural antiseptic properties
  • Chlorophyll, the green part of plants known to deodorize breath
  • Clove oil, used to overcome toothache and help whiten teeth
  • Bromelain, a micro-granulated enzyme from pineapple that helps to digest the protein and other food particles that can promote plaque formation
  • Baking soda

sunsmile herbal toothpasteThe good news is that there is an herbal toothpaste that contains the helpful ingredients and none of the harmful ones. It is SunSmile® Herbal Toothpaste made by Sunrider® a company based in Southern California.

There is no warning label on SunSmile. It is safe for children and does not contain any artificial sweeteners or synthetic colors or flavors.

In these days of air and water pollution you can’t do anything about, isn’t it time you remove one of the toxic products from your bathroom shelf and replace it with a toxic-free all natural toothpaste from Sunrider? Your children will benefit and so will you.