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“Safe baby toothbrush & toothpaste your baby will love.”
When I took my baby in for her 12 month check up, her pediatrician asked me about whether she’s been seen for a dentist. I had a double take: dentist? Dentist? She has 4 teeth! Why in the world should she see a dentist?!
So I did some Googling, and discovered that you want to get your little one used to the dentist at an early age, and avoid a massive meltdown at age 2, when the dentist becomes this scary nightmare of a person designed to poke and prod at your teeth. But more than that, you should start your munchkin on a baby toothbrush.
Again, I turned to the internet. What kind of baby toothbrush(and toothpaste) is safe for my baby? That’s when I discovered Radius. They make organic baby-friendly toothpaste and a comfortably soft bristled baby toothbrush. And it’s kind of awesome. The baby toothbrush is designed with a smooth oval head, which helps my baby girl avoid hurting her soft gums when she’s… let’s be honest… chewing on the baby toothbrush.
It’s also safe in other ways – the material is free from latex, lead and phthalate and the soft bristles are comfy for tiny mouths.
Now, besides the baby toothbrush, the toothpaste is the most important part. Most dentists will tell you it should contain fluoride to prevent tooth decay but with safe levels for babies. But here’s the thing about babies, you can’t watch them every second (especially when there’s an older kid demanding your attention), and some of that toothpaste may get swallowed. And too much fluoride can be bad for developing teeth. Here’s where Radius offers an even better option.
Radius takes a unique and safe approach. Instead of fluoride, they use organic coconut oil, which has been shown to naturally clean and detoxify the mouth. Coconut oil helps whiten teeth, prevent bacteria and helps reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
But we all know: the healthy options are usually more expensive and your little one rejects it. So I decided to test it out on my 12-month-old.
I dabbed a small pea-sized amount of the fluoride-free toothpaste onto the Radius baby toothbrush, and offered it to my baby, who will put everything in her mouth (and then spit it out). Interestingly enough, she not only chewed on that baby toothbrush, sucked on the toothpaste, but then refused to let it go. I routinely have to remember to take the toothbrush back to the bathroom because it stays with her for the next hour on her rambling crawls around the house.
“We’re building good habits and it happens to be something she really enjoys. The only downside: I have to keep remembering to take it back to the bathroom. And remove the dog hair when she leaves it on the floor an hour later.”Lana Medina
Does it work?
It’s hard at this age to really tell if it’s making an impact on her teeth, but here’s what is important to me: she lets me brush her teeth (for about 10 seconds before she wants to take over). She’s 12 months old and we’re brushing her teeth every night, which means in another year when it’s even more important because she has more teeth, brushing her teeth won’t be a major battle. And when I take her into the dentist, it won’t seem like that big of a deal to have her teeth brushed – she’s already used to it.
We’re instilling a really good habit at the perfect age to build a habit. And considering all the bad habits she’s already starting to develop from her brother (fighting, love of cell phones and ice cream, etc.), I’m grateful to have one good habit.
Honestly, it’s not much more than the regular fluoride toothpaste you’ll find at the grocery store – it costs about $7. It’s about the same price, and besides the health benefits, I really love the fact that she gets her own toothpaste. She has a 4-year-old brother who picks a fight over everything he has to share with his sister, and while he needs to learn how to share, it’s nice to have one thing that won’t end in whining right before bed.
Great baby toothbrush and toothpaste that my 12-month-old loves to chew on. We’re building good habits and it happens to be something she really enjoys. The only downside: I have to keep remembering to take it back to the bathroom. And remove the dog hair when she leaves it on the floor an hour later.