Baby’s first toothpaste
Even for innocent babies’ mouths, it is necessary to prevent tooth decay when baby food begins and milk teeth grow.
However, there are many voices of moms who do not want to feed babies who cannot gargle or spit out toothpaste containing a lot of chemical substances and additives even though they are careful about food.
There are also voices that moms themselves think about pregnancy and breastfeeding and do not want to take anything that is worrisome to their bodies as much as possible.
Needs for new era baby and mom toothpaste and oral care products
However, in daily childcare, conventional oral disinfectants have a risk of causing stomach upset when swallowed by a baby who has difficulty in gargling or spitting, and the burden on moms is still heavy with water-only care.
When choosing toothpaste during pregnancy, it is often unclear from a medical point of view what ingredients should be taken into consideration, and many people want to know more about the specifics.
It is safe to swallow but often transmitted by parents during pregnancy, when moms are prone to periodontitis, during breastfeeding when various things are transferred from breast milk to babies, and for babies who have begun to grow teeth. There is a demand for toothpaste and oral care products that are effective against mutans and periodontal disease bacteria.
The latest baby toothpaste and oral care methods
Regarding the latest tooth brushing and oral care methods in medical and nursing care settings including babies, Aimi Tsunoda, a dentist who is a leading expert in home dentistry in Japan and a member of the Oral Peace Project, has the largest number of clinical cases in Japan. (Doctor of Dentistry, Tokyo Medical and Dental University) and Hisako Totoki Dental Hygienist’s book “Home Oral Hygiene Management Start Book” (published by Quintessence Publishing), from request response to basic knowledge, preparation, technology, positioning, various case-specific care The method, guidance on daily oral care, multidisciplinary collaboration, and knowledge required in clinical practice from basic to applied infection management are explained in detail from the beginning with photographs and illustrations.
We hope that healthcare professionals will be able to refer to it and provide appropriate baby toothpaste and oral care.
Selection points for toothpaste and oral care products for babies and moms
The selection points for toothpaste and oral care products for babies and moms that are expected to have the function of moisturizing while brushing teeth and oral care are as follows.
First and foremost, try tasting yourself. With this, most things such as “feeling whether the ingredient is safe to swallow as it is”, “feeling whether it feels good or bad when put in the mouth”, “feeling the effect of using it”, etc., are different. I understand.
Secondly, it can be important for babies and moms to check whether or not they contain “ingredients that are expected to have antibacterial properties that are safe to swallow.”
In order not to increase the number of bacteria that cause troubles in the oral cavity, simple moisturizers (gels such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid) cannot meet the needs of clinical practice, and “products containing antibacterial agents that are safe to swallow” are the oral cavity. It is considered to be highly useful for cleaning, moisturizing, and keeping the inside clean.
The third big point is the usability of babies and moms.
Non-food products containing a large amount of chemical components such as synthetic thickeners and synthetic polymers have low raw material costs, but have drawbacks in terms of usability and water solubility. In other words, it remains like a foreign substance in the mouth and makes me feel uncomfortable. For example, it feels like petrolatum, lard, and paint are stuck in your mouth all the time.
You can also check the water solubility of each product at home.
Add a small amount of the product you want to compare with a petri dish (a small plate is fine).
After that, add water and leave it for about 1 hour.
Finally, flush the water and observe the condition of the remaining wetting agent.
Anything that remains undissolved will feel like it sticks to the upper jaw. There are types that remain almost as they are even with water (saliva), and types that naturally blend in with water (saliva) and spread thinly to moisturize, such as Oral Peace Clean & Moisture.
Hard-to-dissolve substances that use a lot of chemical raw materials are difficult to digest in the human body and decomposed by microorganisms in the intestinal tract, and even if they are excreted in nature, they are difficult to decompose and are difficult to biodegrade by microorganisms.
Whether it feels like it doesn’t dissolve in saliva and remains in the mouth, or it feels like it spreads in the mouth and is moisturized without discomfort. We recommend that you choose the best product.
It is important to fully understand the research and development background of each product and its characteristics such as usability, and to select a product that meets the needs of the baby or mom to use.
Why do we need “safe swallowing antibacterial agents” for baby and mom toothpaste and oral care products?
Bacteria cause tooth decay and periodontal disease in the oral cavity, and plaque, which is a mass of bacteria, is also formed.
Tartar is calcified plaque and is caused by bacteria in the oral cavity.
In addition, when the immune system is weakened, the growth of Candida can be seen.
Daily oral care and countermeasures against the causative bacteria are important to prevent plaque, tartar, bad breath, oral candidiasis, etc.
On the other hand, if you cannot gargle or spit out, you need an ingredient that is safe to swallow but has the effect of controlling bacteria.
Water, plant extracts and enzymes, and lactic acid bacteria themselves have actual clinical problems, and ingestion of synthetic fungicides in the body also has problems.
Research and development of new formulations that deal with the causative bacteria and solve the conflicting issues of being safe to swallow have been desired all over the world.
About ingredients and additives in toothpaste and oral care products for babies and moms
For baby and mom toothpaste and oral care products, it is also important to check the composition of the following ingredients and additives.
× Ingredients not approved as food
× Petroleum-derived ingredients × Chemically synthesized ingredients
× Synthetic disinfectant that causes damage to the intestinal flora × Cetylpyridinium chloride (also known as cetylpyridinium chloride / CPC), benzethonium chloride, chlorhexidine gluconate, IPMP (isopropylmethylphenol), triclosan, lauroyl sarcosine salt (LSS), etc. Synthetic disinfectant
× Bleach and deleterious substances such as chlorine, chlorine dioxide (CIO2), sodium chlorite, sodium hypochlorite, chlorine-based gas, etc.
× Na hydrogen carbonate (baking soda, abrasive, alkali)
× Alcohol (ethanol)
× Calcium carbonate (Ca carbonate, large abrasive, limestone powder, white lined powder in the athletic field, raw material for chalk), zeolite (boiling stone), coral powder, shells, mud (clay, montmorillonite), charcoal (charcoal) ) ・ Abrasives such as microbeads (plastic) (compounds, stone powder, etc.)
× Synthetic surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate, lauryl glucoside, cocamidopropyl betaine, and sodium cocoyl glutamate
× Soap base, coconut oil fatty acid K, olive fatty acid K, and other soaps and foaming agents
× Synthetic preservatives such as paraben (paraoxybenzoic acid ester), phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, sorbic acid K, PG (propylene glycol), BG (butylene glycol), etc.
× Glycin (preservative / food additive chemically synthesized from formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide) × poly-ε-lysine (polylysine, an antibiotic analog produced by mold-like actinomycetes, preservative / food additive)
× Phosphorus (phosphates such as polyphosphoric acid, metaphosphoric acid, pyrophosphoric acid, and phosphoric acid 2K)
× Solubilizers such as PEG (polyethylene glycol) and propanediol
× Fluorine × Nanoparticles × Synthetic colorants such as Blue No. 1 × Synthetic fragrances / flavors × Salt / sea salt × Titanium oxide × Metals / heavy metals such as copper / silver × Phytic acid × Saccharin Na × Arginine × EDTA-2Na × Difficult Digestible dextrin
× Hinokitiol × catechin × mastic resin × tea tree essential oil × honey propolis
× Raw materials derived from coral in the marine environment, etc.
× Raw materials derived from animals, including those derived from humans × Raw materials derived from insects and insects
× Lactic acid bacteria themselves (live / dead bacteria, lactic acid bacteria derived from animal feces, etc.)
Whenever you buy a product that your baby can eat, we recommend that you check the “all ingredients” (all the ingredients in the formula) of each product before making your selection.
What is the need for fluoride in baby toothpaste and oral care products?
Currently, in developed countries such as Europe, organic products that do not use fluorine, chemical substances, or pesticides are becoming the mainstream for baby toothpaste and oral care products.
Products made from only food-approved ingredients that are safe to swallow and can be safely used by newborns and lactating moms every day are gaining popularity.
Toothpaste, which cleans the teeth and mouth, and fluorine coat, which strengthens the tooth structure, are applied separately.
Instead of adding fluorine to coat teeth in the toothpaste that is used in a small amount every time you brush your teeth, you can separate toothpaste and strengthening your teeth, and you don’t need to brush your teeth every day. From the perspective of risk / benefit, it is becoming better to brush and brush your teeth, and if you need a fluorine coat to strengthen your teeth, apply it firmly at the dental office.
In Japan, fluorine can be added to commercial products up to 1500ppm, but how much fluorine remains on the teeth when brushing teeth depends on the clinical concentration, and it is unknown. On the other hand, it is also unknown how much the baby will swallow.
If you think that fluorine is necessary for strengthening the tooth structure, we recommend that you do it separately from the careful application treatment by a dentist / dental hygienist at the dental clinic and the internal intake by daily brushing.
Comparison of polishing power and presence / absence of polishing action of baby toothpaste / oral care products
The following describes how to compare and select the polishing action of abrasives that have the side effect of accumulating on the periodontal disease, which makes the perception hypersensitive due to over-shaving.
Simply, if you pick up each product with your finger and touch it, and if it is “gritty” or “grainy”, it is considered that the polishing action is relatively strong.
In addition, we will introduce “Comparison of the presence or absence of polishing action and the strength of polishing power” that can be easily done at home.
Place aluminum foil etc. on a cutting board etc., put what you want to compare on it and polish it with your finger.
For those with strong polishing power, the aluminum is scraped and the paste gel turns gray, and the scraped aluminum can be removed from the tissue.
Therefore, by looking at how much aluminum can be scraped, it is possible to know the presence or absence of polishing action and the strength of polishing power.
There are cases where “no abrasive”, “soft abrasive”, and “natural / organic” can be scraped and there are differences in polishing power, so if you are interested, we recommend that you check it yourself.
There are various types of products, such as “Oral Peace Clean & Moisture”, which is made mainly of abrasives and does not contain any abrasives, from the type that polishes and scrapes off the teeth.
It is important to fully understand the research and development background and intentions of these products, as well as the characteristics of the products, and to select the most suitable one for yourself and your baby.
How to choose a container for baby / mom toothpaste / oral care products
There are mainly plastic tube, aluminum tube, and laminated tube types for tube packages of toothpaste and oral care products for babies and moms.
Plastic tube / container (made of only plastic, the contents that have come out will return, air will enter inside the empty container, and there will be a gap, and if you see through the sun, the remaining amount of contents can be seen through) , “Very cheap”, “Can be opened with one hand”, but “Low confidentiality, easy to putrefy, need to mix a lot of synthetic preservatives”, “The contents cannot be kept light-shielded There is a demerit that “the components of the material tend to deteriorate”.
The advantage of the aluminum tube type is that it has a high airtightness and light-shielding property, and the contents once stepped out do not return, so it has the advantage of “maintaining good hygiene”. On the other hand, it has the disadvantages of being “difficult to use” such as “cannot be opened with one hand”, “may come out too much”, and “tube breaks”.
The laminated tube type uses the latest technology “aluminum barrier lamination (ABL)” and is made of a material in which “PB, PET, aluminum, PB” layers are layered from the outside.
By sandwiching the aluminum layer between the laminates, the airtightness and light-shielding properties equivalent to those of aluminum tubes can be ensured, and compared to plastic tubes, the contents do not volatilize and the contents can be protected. There is no deterioration even after leaving it for 6 months in a time-lapse test (temperature 40 degrees, humidity 75% etc.), and it is more convenient to meet the demand for ease of use at medical / nursing sites and at home while retaining the functionality of the aluminum tube. It was developed with the characteristics taken into consideration, and the characteristics of conventional aluminum tubes are fully guaranteed.
Although the cost of the container is high, it is a tube that combines the advantages of the functionality of an aluminum tube with the advantages of the ease of use of a plastic tube.
It is also important to select oral care products that reflect the voices of many consumers and not only research and develop the ingredients inside, but also utilize the latest technology in packaging.
Consideration for tubes and containers for oral care products and confirmation of the quality of adopted tubes and containers can be confirmed by cutting open the tubes and containers with scissors after use and looking at the inner surface.
We recommend that you check it yourself.
What is the proper use of toothpaste / oral care gel and oral care spray for babies and moms?
It is effective to use it properly according to each feature.
Gel is useful for brushing teeth, oral care, and moisturizing the mouth.
On the other hand, in the case of spraying, you can spray directly into the oral cavity when you do not have time, and you can easily control the number of bacteria in the oral cavity, oral hygiene and moisturizing.
It is also useful for oral hygiene when you cannot gargle immediately. Also as a baby gargling.
Spray products are useful when you are out, busy, or for children who have fallen asleep.
You can also use it as a mouthwash by pushing a few oral care sprays into the water in a cup to dilute it, which is also convenient for gargling.
Spray products are also suitable for storage and carrying because they are almost water and require less water than mouthwash, which has a large capacity.
Effective use of both items is the key to proper oral care.
[Summary] How to choose toothpaste and oral care products for babies and moms
The first is the confirmation of “all ingredients”.
Whenever you purchase a product that creates your body and mind and puts it in your mouth, which is the gateway to all your important body and health, be sure to “all the ingredients” (all the ingredients that are blended and added). We recommend that you check and check for yourself before making a selection.
“All ingredients” can be found on the product packaging.
In many cases, it’s easy to get caught up in “other than the essence of the product.”
However, in the world of science, research, and manufacturing, all new efforts and efforts regarding research, technological innovation, and safety behind products are the result of “all ingredients.”
It is important to check “all ingredients” and determine the essence of the product.
The second is confirmation of “research background” and “results”.
What kind of project members, universities / graduate schools and research institutes (national or private organizations / internationally competitive public institutions),
What kind of career and profile researchers (researchers who can have international competitiveness in their institution or specialized field) have researched and developed the technologies and products, and what they are researching for. Or
And does the research / technology have innovation and objective superiority (“patent”, “treatise”, “award history”, “newspaper publication”, etc.)?
We are now in an era where you can easily search for “research background,” “data,” “treats,” “patents,” “awards,” and “media publications” related to each product on the Internet.
It is important to identify the “research background” of what kind of research institution, researcher, involved members, etc., and what kind of “results” the research has achieved as a result.
Thirdly, what kind of research results and products are handled by the public media such as newspapers and television, and public media such as magazines.
Is it a research result or product that has news value and is treated as an article rather than an advertisement by highly reliable news media and public media?
Every day, we receive press releases from numerous research institutes and companies, and what is published and reported through the filter of reporters who are exhausting is a new socially useful research result for many consumers without specialized knowledge. It is a big factor in determining whether a product has unprecedented value.
Fourth, what kind of medical institution / store is selected, and what kind of countries are sold and used?
For stores such as highly reliable medical institutions and department stores, medical professionals who select various products in the world at their own risk and provide patients and customers with products that their hospitals and stores can proceed with confidence. There is a buyer (purchasing person).
Now that there are so many things and information all over the world, there are stores with high quality that consumers are sure to buy here.
Being selected by these medical institutions and department stores is a product that should be selected, trusted, and recommended to important patients and customers by the filters of connoisseurs who are looking at products all over the world. It will be a thing.
In addition, in order to be officially sold locally not only in Japan but also in overseas countries, it can be sold for the first time after strict approval by the health institutions of each country.
Products that are officially sold locally are products that have been carefully examined in each country and that should be used as contributing to the health of the people.
What kind of medical institution, government agency, public institution, what kind of department store or store should choose the product to choose?
Is it a product that is sold not only in Japan but also in the United States, Europe, China, Asian countries, Central and South America, and other countries around the world? And is it a product that many people around the world are looking for?
For many consumers who do not have specialized knowledge, calmly knowing the handling and sales performance of the product, the difference from other products in the world, the essence of the product, the superiority of research and technology, the product to choose It is an element to judge the goodness.
Finally, confirmation of “sociality”.
Whether it is a product or business that leads to good things not only for you but also for society and others, a product that prioritizes human health and environmental consideration, a product for mere commercial purposes, or social It is important to find out if the product you are working on.
We are in an era where you can easily find out about the actual situation and management attitude of the above companies on Wikipedia.
It is important for medical professionals and consumers to wisely assess the “sociality” of products and companies, not just the product specifications themselves.
Now that various information is overflowing and companies and products are overflowing, in order to protect the health of ourselves, our families and patients, and to protect our own health and livelihood, we must be able to discern and judge the essence. We are in an era of demand.
In the era after the coronavirus disaster, which has changed drastically, medical professionals and consumers learned about how corporate products lead to better things for society and themselves, and the socio-economic mechanism. We need to make wise choices.