Here at ThingsThatWeDo.com, we’re always trying to test out different products that other families might be interested in. I came across this Tom’s of Maine natural Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste in silly strawberry flavour and wondered how well it would work for my child. Her previous toothpaste had fluoride in it so I wondered how this fluoride free toothpaste would compare.
I have no idea if there is a difference between fluoride free toothpaste and regular children’s toothpaste that contains fluoride but hey, in the name of adventure and product testing, let’s just see what we discover!
Product Review: What’s in the Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste?
Now, I’m no chemist so I really don’t know the whole ins and outs of fluoride but I do recognize that there is a debate about its use. I think it’s great to know that Tom’s of Maine has a fluoride free option for families because it means that someone has been listening to what consumers want.
Here’s a list of the ingredients that go into the Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste in silly strawberry flavour: glycerin, water, calcium carbonate, hydrated silica, fruits extract, (Chondrus crispus), and sodium lauryl sulfate. Again, I’m no chemist but I do recall some debate about the use of sodium lauryl sulfate. So, after reading this list of ingredients from Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste, I’m left with a big giant question mark. If I feel this way, I wonder if other families feel this way too.
Product Test: Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste
My daughter who’s almost 7 years old has been using Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste for the past month or so now and I have to say that in the beginning, she wasn’t a big fan of the texture of the toothpaste. Take a look at the image I’ve included and you can see that this Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste in the Silly Strawberry flavour looks like creamy toothpaste. But, in my kid’s opinion, it had a different feel to it that took her some time to get accustomed to.
After a month, she’s now okay with using it and her teeth seem to be doing okay too. I can’t quite tell a difference in whether or not the Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste has been effective but so far, so good. We floss every night and her teeth look equally clean since we’ve started using this Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste. Like the other toothpastes, this Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste also gets quite frothy and foamy. Even though it doesn’t have any fluoride, I am very aware that other ingredients are used so we continue to gargle and rinse really well to remove any lingering residue.
I honestly don’t know what to say about Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste except that it is a fluoride free option for families who prefer a fluoride free toothpaste for their children. However, I’m left scratching my head because I’m quite certain that sodium lauryl sulfate isn’t exactly a preferred choice either. The only reason why I’m remotely okay using it is because I know other toothpastes also use it. Perhaps the only thing I say is that, if you see Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste on sale at your local grocery store, it’s certainly worth a try. However, after this product test, I’m left sitting on the fence. Oh well, on to the next test!
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