Calling All Children’s Toothpaste Experts

Update: WOW! Okay, so you overwhelmed me with all your toothpaste comments. I guess there are some real toothpaste expert readers! 🙂 

Yes! You read that right. We’re calling all children’s toothpaste experts to help Nathan and Melanie out. Maybe you didn’t know there was such a thing, but I’m sure some of you are.

You know how kids are with toothpaste. What is it that makes children think it’s delicious?

Nathan would like a good toothpaste that’s healthy but doesn’t taste like candy.

Suggestions, please? Leave them in the comment section below. You’ll not only help Nathan but many other readers.

“What? know ye not that your body is the
temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,
which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
1 Corinthians 6:19

84 thoughts on “Calling All Children’s Toothpaste Experts”

  1. My husband and I had the same challenge getting our two year old to brush her teeth. Here in England the leading supermarkets have their own children’s toothpaste, a lot of these are “ bubblegum flavour” or along those lines which we didn’t want, but we found a toothpaste which was flavoured as gentle mint, and she seems to like it. Keep looking! It seems the teeth brushing challenge in children is world wide! ?

  2. Earthpaste is healthy and has a good taste, but not like candy. It has a few flavor choices.

  3. I`m not an expert and I`m not a child but I do love Green Beaver Green Apple toothpaste. It is all natural and tastes great! It is Canadian, so I`m not sure if you can get it in the States but if you can, I`m sure the kids would love it. There are also several other fun flavours that you can choose from.

  4. For our five little ones, we use Tom’s flouride free peppermint toothpaste. We had the same problem as Nathan and Melanie with our children liking it too much. We switched to this brand, and they don’t enjoy the toothpaste as much now.

  5. We use a powder and it doesn’t really taste like much. The one we have now is called Primal Life Organics and the Plus with powder is it lasts so much longer!!!

  6. I don’t know if I’m an expert or not, but here’s my 2 cents! You could just use adult toothpaste. My kids object to the strong mint flavor and don’t really like it, so maybe yours wouldn’t be as tempted to eat that kind. It’s also cheaper than toothpastes marketed for kids! You’d want something that doesn’t whiten and isn’t for sensitive teeth.
    If they are swallowing it after brushing, you can put just the very smallest bit on the brush. It only takes a very little to get teeth clean, and swallowing that amount shouldn’t hurt them. That is the method I’ve used for my kids who just haven’t learned to spit it out yet. My dentist reassured me that swallowing a little is better than not brushing.
    I hope this is helpful!

  7. I am a fan of plain old Crest. I tried Young Living’s Thieves toothpaste, but I did not like it.

  8. Hello Maxwell Family!
    Greetings in Jesus’ Name! Our family’s favorite toothpaste is Tom’s Botanically Bright. Although we like any to Tom’s flouride free toothpaste. By brushing our teeth often with it, no one has ever had a cavity! Praise the Lord! I hope this helps! Thank you for blessing our lives!
    “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy…” Philippians 1:3-4.

  9. Tom’s of Maine has a children’s toothpaste that comes in a mild mint flavor. Mint can be overwhelming for children, but this is mild enough that my kids like it. They also have strawberry flavor if Nathan is okay with a fruit flavor.

  10. My boys love Coral Calcium’s Berry Bubble Gum Toothpaste. It is flouride free and uses xylitol instead of sugar. It also has some great herbs and calcium to help teeth 🙂

  11. Also, although not a children’s flavor, my boys do also enjoy using Daddy and Mommy’s toothpaste sometimes: we use a mix (to keep some variety 🙂 ) of Epic Xylitol Spearmint toothpaste, Coral Calcium’s Coral White toothpaste (peppermint), and my personal favorite for how clean it gets my teeth (but also the most expensive) Himalaya Neem Pomegranate Toothpaste.

  12. I have found Toms of Maine to be our best option thus far. It isn’t super sweet like most children’s brands, but it isn’t completely bland either. It comes in both fluoride free and fluoride options, which is nice to have the choice.

  13. My whole family including kids
    use Doterra onguard toothpaste. Even my one year old uses it. It’s very healthy. It helps to keep the cavities away. If you’re interested in it let me know.

  14. I love Earthpaste. It contains water, bentonite clay, non-GMO xylitol, sea salt, and essential oils. It comes in cinnamon, peppermint, wintergreen, and lemon. It does not foam, but that doesn’t bother me. It’s not harmful if swallowed. I order through Azure Standard, but you can get it on Amazon.

  15. We currently use Tom’s of Maine natural children’s toothpaste in strawberry flavor. It is still a bit sweet, though, so that might not be exactly what you’re looking for. ?

    1. I would also recommend the Hello brand. Easy to get on Amazon, inexpensive, and meets our ingredient criteria.

  16. I get the xylitol from Swanson it helps to grind it into a powder in a coffee grinder. I found silicon tubes to put the paste in if I use liquid coconut oil. The regular would be to stiff to squeeze out of a tube.

  17. Tom”s has some great products!

    p.s. As a senior, homeschooler in high school I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your wholesome posts! God Bless!

  18. We’ve been using a natural, herbal toothpaste called Auromere that you can probably find in a place like Vitamin Shoppe or a holistic store. So far we’ve only tried the Fresh Mint flavor. It tastes like mint but there is no sweetness to it at all, so it takes a little getting used. Also, there is no fluoride, which now they say isn’t supposed to be good for us after all. Hope this helps.

  19. I have never commented on your blog before, but I have a toothpaste recipe worth sharing. When you make your own toothpaste, you know exactly what you are putting into your/your children’s mouths, and that’s important!

    1/2 c. coconut oil
    1/4 c. baking soda
    15-20 drops peppermint essential oil

    Melt the coconut oil, then stir in other ingredients. Let it cool at room temperature, stirring occasionally. If you cool it too quickly (ie. the fridge) it will separate. You can sweeten the toothpaste with stevia, but I don’t feel that is necessary. Just like store bought toothpaste, this should not be swallowed because of the essential oils. If you have a young child who has a problem with swallowing toothpaste, you can leave out the essential oil without losing the effectiveness of the toothpaste. Coconut oil melts at 76*, so depending on the temperature of your house, the texture of the toothpaste may change, but it is just as effective as a liquid as it is a solid. It may not be as convenient as store bought toothpaste that always stays the same consistency, but it is worth it to know what your children are putting into their mouths! The toothpaste can be stored in individual small containers for each member of the family.

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! And I feel very honored you left your first comment. What a great recipe, and thank you for taking the time to share! I know many will benefit from this!

  20. We find that any of the gel toothpastes are like candy, so we avoid those. I don’t like my children having food-coloring, so I also avoid any toothpaste containing color. We have landed on plain and ordinary “Colgate Cavity Protection Fluoride Toothpaste.” It is all white and I don’t think it resembles candy. (I sure wouldn’t want to eat it! Ha Ha) We’ve used it for years, along with Tom’s Original Dye-Free Fluoride rinse, and neither of our children, including our teenage son, have any cavities or fillings. 🙂

  21. My sisters & I love this brand: Jason Natural
    Powersmile Powerful Peppermint Whitening Toothpaste. It’s a natural alternative & very reasonably priced!
    I hope this helps!

  22. We use Trader Joe’s antiplaque toothpaste (available on Amazon if you don’t have a store nearby). It’s all-natural, with fennel and myrrh.

  23. I use Tom’s of Maine. They have fluoride or no, whichever you prefer, and it’s a lot less sweet than mainstream toothpaste but super healthy in various flavours! Way to get your kids working on dental hygiene 🙂

  24. Green Beaver makes a fennel flavour and green apple flavour. Both are a bit sweet and fun for kids but not sickly sweet.

  25. We use Tom’s natural. Either Mango or Mint. I don’t think they have the strong “candy” look or taste that others do.

  26. We have had the same dilemma over the years and have finally settled on Jason PowerSmile fluoride free toothpaste. The cinnamon mint is a tad spicy, but they like that and the vanilla mint. Our children that use it range from 15 to 4. According to our 11 year old son, “It is the best!” I hope that helps.

  27. We use 1Tbs baking soda, 1 Tbs Benonite Clay, 1 Tbs Xylitol and a few drops of peppermint oil. Get toothbrush wet (shake off excess water) and dip in mixture. Works well for us.

  28. We have always used the Tom’s of Maine toddler training toothpaste then moving to the children’s toothpaste. Both have a mild fruit flavor, but I would not classify it as a “candy taste.” I chose them because I wanted to avoid dyes in our children’s toothpaste.

  29. There is company called “Now.” They make really good children’s toothpaste. They have 3 flavors. Strawberry, Orange, and Bubble Gum. The last one’s probably not so good if you’re looking for something that doesn’t taste like candy. ? My dentist typically recommends traditional toothpaste but was very pleased with this for my kids.

  30. Well, I’m not a children’s toothpaste expert :), but my family has been making our own toothpaste/powder for the past six years, with everyone, from the littles to our parents, using it. The recipe is: 2 Tbsp baking soda, mixed with 5 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil (you might need more drops depending on the strength of your essential oil brand; we do more than 5, but that’s probably because we use “Now” brand peppermint oil, which isn’t very strong.) And I’m also NOT an expert on this, but you might want to be sure that the kids using it are old enough to know to spit it out, as essential oils are dangerous to ingest; though our 2-year olds have used the tooth powder, not knowing how to spit it out, and I haven’t noticed any problems. So I’m not really sure about that part. Anyway, hopefully this is helpful, and not just an unnecessarily long comment! 🙂

    1. Peppermint, Spearmint, and citrus essential oils are considered safe to ingest, although peppermint may cause problems in young children. I have studied herbs and essential oils extensively.

  31. Look for Weleda Child’s Tooth Gel, flavour is mint and fennel, it’s fluoride free, unfortunately not cheap.

  32. Hello Maxwells!

    The toothpaste that most of us use is Earthpaste with a Wintergreen flavor.

    It’s very natural and it’s been the best toothpaste we’ve used.
    The Ms

  33. We like Tom’s of Maine. They have fruit and mint flavors, fluoride and fluoride free. You might be able to find a combination of what you’re looking for.

  34. Tom’s of Maine Natural Toothpaste is great! They have some children’s ones that are fruit flavored, but I used the adult ones in mint flavors all through my childhood and it went very well. Whatever they decide, a little fluoride or calcium is necessary for preventing cavities and strengthening enamel!

  35. We have used tooth powder before. It’s a very fine powder you sprinkle on your toothbrush and then add a bit of water before brushing. It’s salty! Also, my grandmother used baking soda.

  36. Some of the Tom’s of Maine toothpastes don’t contain sweet ingredients, and are quite plain and just “minty.” That would be my very, very first thought. It’s the plainest and least sweet toothpaste I have ever tasted in my life, (though does a fine job as a toothpaste). They’re sold even at Walmart, and grocery stores, nowadays (at least where I live).

  37. Wow – I didn’t know that was problem! We used Tom’s Silly Strawberry when my son was a little boy, but your children might like that flavor too much. Have you tried just using adult toothpastes? They might feel like the mint flavoring is no temptation to eat.

  38. My three children are 16-20 years old now, but we never used the “kid” version toothpaste as it is very sweet, almost candy tasting. Just a plain Colgate or crest, usually the gel vs the paste. Toms also makes toothpaste, which might be more natural, but I’ve never tried it.

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