Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jack N' Jill Toothpaste: Safe for Babies #Review

Good oral hygiene is something that doesn't come easily and it's never too early to start instilling this in your kids. When baby E turned 15 months old, I felt like we were already behind on dental care. His doctor had recommended brushing his gums even before he had teeth. I tried to follow this advice, but Baby E wasn't cooperative with my "gum brushing" attempts. At 15 months old, he had 7 front teeth, four molars, and wanted nothing to do with a tooth brush. I tried wetting the tooth brush with just water: rejected. Baby E would clench his lips tightly shut at the mere sight of the tooth brush. We couldn't use traditional toothpaste because he was nowhere near capable of spitting the toothpaste back out and you are not supposed to swallow it.

I remembered hearing about toothpaste that was safe to swallow, and after doing more research I discovered Jack N' Jill toothpaste. Green Team Distribution graciously provided a tube for us to review.

Jack N Jill (aff link) toothpaste is:

  • Rich in Xylitol
  • Has Organic Calendula to soothe gums
  • Offered in a variety of Organic Natural flavors
  • Fluoride Free; Sugar-, Color-, SLS-Free; contains No Preservatives
  • Packaging is Safety Sealed, Easy Open Flip Top Cap, BPA-Free, Minimal Recyclable Packaging
  • and Made in Australia

We received the strawberry flavor of the Jack N' Jill Toothpaste and I was really impressed with the difference this made in our attempts at brushing. First, I started by letting Baby E taste the toothpaste on the toothbrush.  His expression perked up and I was actually able to get the toothbrush inside his mouth!  I was able to brush his front teeth during the next attempt, and soon I could brush his molars.  Baby E was becoming very cooperative with tooth brushing and we have been brushing his teeth twice a day, everyday, for over three weeks.

When I brush baby E's teeth, I start by putting a small dot of toothpaste on the brush and focusing on the front teeth.  Next, I add more toothpaste and brush the teeth in the back.  The flavor of the toothpaste helps him tolerate getting all his teeth brushed. If I try to brush all his teeth with one application of toothpaste, he gets fussy as the flavor runs out.

I definitely feel like the combination of brushing with the toothpaste is making a difference for Baby E's oral hygiene.  Baby E's teeth are very close together, and brushing is helping to noticeably remove plaque and stuck-on food. Teeth brushing is becoming a routine for Baby E.  He looks forward to brushing and is even letting me floss his teeth!

I noticed that Jack N' Jill makes a variety of silicone toothbrushes (aff link) for different age groups, and this is something I'm planning to talk about with Baby E's dentist when he goes for his first visit in August.  I'm going to bring along our Jack N' Jill Toothpaste and show her what we're using and get her thoughts on the results. Our dentist may tell us to use more toothpaste when we brush, but the small amount we are currently using seems to be working well to get Baby E used to brushing.

Have you used a safe-to-swallow toothpaste for your kids?  Have you tried any of the other Jack N' Jill Toothpaste flavors?

Jack N' Jill Toothpaste is available from several retailers and you can find a full list here.

Disclosure: Green Team Distribution provided a free sample of this product for us to review.  These opinions are my own.  Kelly's Closet links are affiliate links.


  1. We haven't tried Jack n Jill toothpaste, but use Tom's. Our last dentist was not a fan of 'natural' toothpastes, going as far as telling us that there was no flouride in them (not true). I definitely wouldn't want my little guy swallowing my Colgate!

    1. Oh boy, I agree. We already caught the baby trying to suck toothpaste out from the Jack N' Jill's container (he opened the cap with a little help from his sister >_<). We keep all "adult" toothpaste out of his reach.

  2. I have never heard of this toothpaste! We are Tom's users, but I will have to look into Jack n Jill's!