My oldest son, Red has dental fluorosis which is caused by swallowing an excessive amount of fluoride while you’re young and your teeth are still developing. Because of this, I am still using fluoride-free training toothpaste for K so the same thing doesn’t happen to him.
When I saw that Dr Sharp Dentistry was looking for people to review their Wild Berry Kids toothpaste I jumped at the chance. I am currently not in love with the kids’ toothpaste on the market.
What is dental fluorosis?
Fluorosis is a cosmetic condition that affects the teeth. It’s caused by overexposure to fluoride during the first eight years of life. This is the time when most permanent teeth are being formed.
After the teeth come in, the teeth of those affected by fluorosis may appear mildly discolored. For instance, there may be lacy white markings that only dentists can detect. In more severe cases, however, the teeth may have:
- Stains ranging from yellow to dark brown
- Surface irregularities
- Pits that are highly noticeable
Red has a fairly mild case. He has white splotches on his teeth and the areas that aren’t splotchy look yellowish despite brushing and regular dental check ups. His back teeth, the six-year molars, came in and are brownish. Again, this has nothing to do with his dental care since his hygienist noticed the discoloration as the teeth were just starting to come in.
His dentist won’t begin treatment until he’s 18 but the treatments will probably involve tooth whitening at a minimum but could involve resin bonding, crowns, or even veneers. Most of these treatments are considered cosmetic so this won’t be an inexpensive thing to fix.
Because of this, I am very leery of starting K-Dub on a fluoride toothpaste at all, but especially now. He will be 3 next week and he still doesn’t spit and actively swallows toothpaste still.
As I mentioned above, I am not all that happy with the commercial fluoride-free kids toothpastes on the market. They are clear and tend to be thin in texture. So thin that they often slide right off the toothbrush before I can get it into K’s mouth. (He fights me when it comes to brushing his teeth). Dr Sharp toothpaste resembles more of a paste and stays on the toothbrush.
It smells very fruity, like strawberries. K loves the taste and sucks the toothpaste off the toothpaste while we’re brushing his teeth. Good thing it’s fluoride free! But it isn’t just free of fluoride.
Our Product Features & Benefits• Free of fluoride, SLS, parabens and alcohol
• Contains natural ingredients
• Helps whiten teeth when used regularly (fresh mint with green tea formula)
• No artificial colors or flavors
• Toothpastes contain Xylitol
• Concentrated formula, only pea size needed to brush
• Dr Sharp Wild Berry Kids is the only children’s eco-friendly toothpaste developed by a dentist
• Environmentally proven alternatives to fluoride-based products
•PETA certified cruelty-free and vegan
• BPA-free (bottles and tubes)
• No Box – Safe Planet philosophy
Since I prefer to have as few unnecessary chemicals as possible in the products we use, this toothpaste is a perfect choice for my toddler. Dr Sharp also has a full line of dental products for adults as well. I will definitely be buying this toothpaste for K and probably ourselves.
Look at those pearly whites!
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