We transitioned to a fluorinated toothpaste when our son was 2 and a half and had learned how to properly spit when brushing. There is a lot of debate concerning fluoride and each parent needs to make their own informed decision. For more information on water fluoridation you may want to check out the articles “Study Shows Fluoride May Not Help Teeth At All” by NaturalNews, “Water Fluoridation by Country” on wikipedia, “The Fluoride Conundrum: Is Fluoride Safe For Kids?” on healthychild.org and “Water Fluoridation in Canada: Past and Present” by the Canadian Dental Association.
We use reverse osmosis filtered water in our home which does not contain any fluoride so we felt it was necessary for our son to use a fluorinated toothpaste. We decided on Tom’s of Maine Children’s Natural Fluoride Toothpaste – Silly Strawberry. This product does contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a skin irritant which may be a concern to some. If that is the case, you may want to review the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to find another safe toothpaste option.
Tom’s of Maine Children’s Natural Fluoride Toothpaste has a score of 2 on EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. Check out Tom’s of Maine Anticavity Children’s Toothpaste on Amazon.com!