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Oral Care: Teeth Growth and Care |

So your little one has sprouted their first tooth, and then what next? Check out our Buds Organics Oral Care range of course!

When our little ones were infants, we would have used a wet towel to wipe their gums during bath time or a wipe down before bedtime. But what about new teeth?

The development of gum and teeth structure from infancy to tween years is a fascinating process marked by significant milestones. Here’s a general overview:

Infancy (0-2 years)
– At birth, babies usually have 20 primary teeth, also known as deciduous teeth or baby teeth, underneath their gums.
– The eruption of primary teeth typically begins around six months of age, starting with the lower central incisors.
– By the age of 2, most children have a full set of primary teeth, including incisors, canines, and molars.

Early Childhood (2-6 years)
– This stage is characterized by the gradual replacement of primary teeth with permanent teeth.
– The first permanent molars usually appear behind the primary teeth around age 6.
– Children may start losing their primary teeth and experiencing the eruption of permanent teeth, starting with the lower central incisors and followed by the upper central incisors.

Throughout these stages, proper dental care, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, is crucial for maintaining oral health. Additionally, dietary habits play a significant role in dental development, as a balanced diet supports the growth of healthy teeth and gums.

Now that we know about how teeth grow over time, the next question we usually ask is fluoride or non-fluoride toothpaste? Xylitol and fluoride are both substances that can contribute to better oral hygiene in different ways. Xylitol is found in our Fluoride-Free range of toothpastes!

– Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables.
– It is commonly used as a sugar substitute in chewing gum, mints, and oral care products like toothpaste and mouthwash.
– Xylitol has several oral health benefits:
Reduces Cavities: Xylitol cannot be metabolized by bacteria in the mouth, so it does not contribute to tooth decay. In fact, it can inhibit the growth of cavity-causing bacteria like Streptococcus mutans.
Stimulates Saliva Production: Chewing gum or consuming products containing xylitol can stimulate saliva flow, which helps neutralize acids in the mouth and remineralize tooth enamel.
Inhibits Plaque Formation: Xylitol can disrupt the formation of dental plaque, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

– Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in water sources and certain foods. It is also added to many dental products like toothpaste and mouthwash.
– Fluoride has been shown to have several important benefits for oral health:
Strengthens Tooth Enamel: Fluoride helps to remineralize weakened tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria and acidic foods.
Reduces Risk of Cavities: Regular exposure to fluoride can significantly reduce the risk of cavities, especially when combined with good oral hygiene practices.
Inhibits Bacterial Growth: Fluoride can inhibit the growth of bacteria in dental plaque, further reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Infants and toddlers should use fluoride-free toothpaste primarily because they are at higher risk of swallowing toothpaste while brushing. Here’s why:

Risk of Fluoride Ingestion

Young children, particularly infants and toddlers, have not fully developed the ability to spit out toothpaste after brushing. As a result, there’s a higher likelihood of them swallowing toothpaste, including the fluoride it contains. Swallowing too much fluoride can lead to a condition called fluorosis, which can cause white spots or discoloration on the teeth.

Sensitive Developmental Stage

Infants and toddlers are in a critical stage of dental development. Their teeth are still emerging, and their gums are sensitive. Fluoride-free toothpaste is gentler and less likely to cause irritation or discomfort if swallowed or if it comes into contact with delicate gum tissue.

Precautionary Measure

Since young children may not understand the importance of spitting out toothpaste or may simply lack the coordination to do so effectively, using fluoride-free toothpaste is a precautionary measure to minimize the risk of fluoride ingestion and potential fluorosis.

Focus on Mechanical Cleaning

At this stage, the focus of oral hygiene for infants and toddlers is more on mechanical cleaning rather than the fluoride benefits. Using a soft, infant-sized toothbrush and water to gently clean the teeth and gums is sufficient for removing plaque and bacteria without the need for fluoride toothpaste.

Children should transition to fluoride toothpaste when they are old enough to spit out the toothpaste after brushing, typically around the age of 3. Here’s why and when this transition should occur:

Developmental Readiness

Around the age of 3, most children have developed the necessary motor skills and understanding to spit out toothpaste rather than swallowing it. This milestone indicates that they are ready to use fluoride toothpaste safely and effectively.

Increased Risk of Tooth Decay

As children grow older, their diet and oral hygiene habits may change, increasing their susceptibility to tooth decay. Fluoride is highly effective in preventing cavities by strengthening tooth enamel and making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria and sugars in the mouth.

Added Protection

Fluoride toothpaste provides additional protection against cavities and dental decay compared to fluoride-free toothpaste. It helps remineralize weakened enamel and can reverse early signs of tooth decay, providing long-term benefits for oral health.

Establishing Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Introducing fluoride toothpaste at the right time reinforces the importance of good oral hygiene habits and sets the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Children who use fluoride toothpaste as part of their daily oral care routine are less likely to experience dental problems later in life.

Hope this info has been useful in helping you understand oral care for kids!


Travelling in Japan with young kids – options and tips!

So you have booked your tickets and are making your plans on what and how you want to move about Japan. Here are some tips from our experience with travelling in Japan with our kids!


Eep, so the price of Rail Passes in Japan has gone up so significantly that it makes us wonder whether to travel by ala carte train tickets or via the Rail Passes due to the unlimited train travel (although within the limited time frame. Perhaps these would give you an idea of what kind of costs you can cut back on if you are planning to travel to Japan!

Rail Pass tickets are categorised into Ordinary or Green Car tickets (kinda like first class train tickets). The Ordinary tickets gets you the following types of seats, Reserved and Unreserved. Reserved seats are great if you want to secure a seat during a peak hour or want to book luggage storage – usually last seat with extra space at the back for luggage, so you get a lot of extra legroom. These seats can be booked a few days in advance via a ticketing machine or over the counter.

Kids below the 6 years of age travel for free on Shinkansens. If your child is 6yo and have not entered primary school (elementary school), they can travel for free too. The catch is that they are only entitled to a seat in the Unreserved seat carriage. If you are in a Reserved seating carriage, your child will have to sit on your lap (or can sit on a seat until someone claims their seat). A child’s (6yo to 11yo) train ticket is half the price of an adult ticket. So there can be some savings involved! The Shinkansen seats are quite generous (depending if you booked the luggage storage or you have a luggage in front of you).

TIP: we recommend writing all passport numbers and expiry dates on a little piece of paper you can keep in your wallet so that you don’t have to keep taking all passports out to refer. Reservations require a passport number as the Rail Pass tickets are tied to passport numbers.

TIP: You can send your luggage to the airport ahead of your departure using such transport companies so you handle lesser luggages!


You can get some shopping done duty free if you spend 5000yen and above at selected stores. And if you have been looking to grab deals at your nearest Uniqlo outlet, I’ll be glad to inform you that Uniqlo is one of the stores that offers duty free shopping!

If time is tight, you can create an account on the Uniqlo JP website (you will need a Japanese address and mobile – +81 80 xxxx xxxx. I just fill the x with the number ‘1’) and place an order to have it picked up. However it also means you will not be entitled to a duty free purchase.

TIP: when to buy? We ordered our stuff 2 days before our trip. It will take about 2-3 days to arrive at the store, and they will then send you another email to inform you it is ready for collection.

100yen stores

Our favorite has to be Seria! Everything is 100yen in the store (it will be 109yen after taxes). From stationery, to homeware to toys, to footwear. The kids love shopping there cos of the wide variety and the prices (10SGD gets them a lot of stuff and the quality is amazing!). Get the kids to start saving up for their shopping at 100yen stores! My big tip is to think about all the potential containers you need at home (alot of planning hahahah) and then buy.

TIP: You will definitely need a huge recyclable bag! Highly recommending a Shupatto type reusable bag to fit all the goodies in.

Engaging a private driver 

Wakuwaku Tours is our choice for getting around in Japan! We tend to avoid the more touristy areas (4 kids is just insane) and head towards the outskirts. Wakuwaku Tours is able to offer pick up and drop off services, take you on a fully customizable itinerary at your own pace and comfort. We loved the private space we got in the car, not worrying about losing a kid amidst crowds and being able to head up to the mountains without worrying about lugging the luggage around. And yes, we definitely got car seats for our kids too!

For our trip in Sept’23, Wakuwaku was able to recommend us a Disney Music & Fireworks show close to us just because we happened to be there at the right time! It is one of those activities that you wouldn’t have come across unless you are a local. The kids enjoyed the fireworks and music so much!

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There are outdoor playgrounds a plenty too. It is good to give the kids a break, let loose after sightseeing or shopping. Us parents get to take a break too!


What are your favorite stores to shop at?

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First Aid Care for kids

Keep these few items handy or on stand by in your first aid kit for kids!

We usually have a box of stuff just for the kids, whether for home or travel:
– children panadol
– children antihistamine
– plasters
– iodine solution
– Buds Organics Save Our Skin lotion (antibacterial properties!)
– Buds Organics Hand Sanitiser (sanitise your hands first before handling any open wounds!)
– Little Innoscents Paw Paw Ointment to soothe itch/wounds

What is in yours?

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POTW: Buds Organics Flouride Free Toothpaste

Product of the week: Buds Organics Oral Care, Strawberry

Who’s having trouble with teeth brushing with their little ones? Enter the Buds Organics Oral Care!

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Buds Oralcare Organics are specially formulated toothpastes that are ultra mild, safe and effective in preventing tooth cavity and maintaining good oral health for every stage of your child’s development.

What makes Buds Oralcare Organics special?

1. It is preservative-free, so safe if the toothpaste is swallowed!

2. It takes a balanced view on the use of Fluoride in toothpaste, while still providing an alternative should you feel your child is not ready to use fluoridated toothpaste.

3. It harnesses the latest scientific findings on the effectiveness of plant actives in oral care to develop this special range of toothpastes that is effective, safe and mild.

a) Aloe vera in tooth gels is used to cleanse and soothe teeth and gums, and is as effective as fluoridated toothpaste to fight cavities, according to the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.

b) Phytic acid shows an important affinity for hydroxiapatite, forming a uniform layer that strongly inhibits dissolution of hydroxiapatite crystals, and acts as:

– an inhibitor of the formation of oral plaque
– an inhibitor of cariogenesis
– an inhibitor of enamel dissolution

A combination of these plant actives with natural Xylitol and Fluoride makes the toothpastes very effective in fighting against tooth cavity.

Not only that, it also tastes great! I know cos I tasted all flavours before giving to my kids haha.

Buds for Kids – Fluoride-free Toothpaste, Strawberry 50ml

POTW: Buds Organics Calming Rub Cream

Last week, we had several enquiries from parents about the Buds Organics Calming Rub Cream for their little ones who were having tummy discomfort, mostly colicky babies.

The Calming Rub Cream containers natural ingredients that are known to ease tummy discomfort, ingredients that you and I are familiar with: ginger, peppermint and fennel.

It also contains lavender to soothe your baby. Not only that, it contains aloe vera and portulaca extract to boost your baby’s skin health.

It is the one cream that allows you to safely massage into your baby’s skin. Just a little dab on your finger tips and you can rub it into your baby’s tummy, massaging it to ease colicky symptoms.

You can find it here:

Mummies who have friends with newborns, tag them to request for a sample from us! Simply by commenting and we will get in contact with you.


Little Innoscents Mineral Powder

If it’s safe for babies, it is safe for mommas too! The Little Innoscents Mineral Powder is talc free and smells heavenly! It is great in absorbing moisture without caking up at the folds, perfect to soothe heat rash in our humid weather!

Find out more about it here.

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Little Innoscents Vapour Balm

Not fun to start the week with a snotty 1 year old. Mucus galore, that irritates the toddler’s back of the throat and hello cough.

What do we reach for next? Sterimar, Iladin and that familiar chest rub in the medicine cabinet. The one that contains petroleum jelly.

Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of petroleum and can create the illusion of moisturized, hydrated skin. It has water-repelling properties and is not water-soluble (you will find that it is difficult to wash off your hands and require a fair bit of soap to remove it). This water-repelling property helps to seal a barrier so that moisture do not leave the skin.

Well, it doesn’t feel like something I would want to apply on my toddler’s skin.

We were quite happy when we tried the Little Innoscents Vapour Balm.

Firstly, it doesn’t contain petroleum jelly. It is oily but it washes off easily under water and a small blob of soap.

Secondly, it smells awesome. It is not too spicy and is soothing whether as a chest rub or a massage balm. The kids sometimes want a massage and I’ll apply some of the vapour balm to help calm them before bedtime. It has worked so well for us to ease their blocked noses and cough too!

Thirdly, it is suitable for newborns. When my second and third child were born, they did catch a cold when they were a few weeks old, no thanks to their older brother who would ‘generously’ share his germs with his siblings. Really thankful to have something that I could easily apply on the then babies to ease their discomfort!

You can find out more about the Vapour Balm here:

Little Innoscents Winter Blues Vapour Balm

Starting with Little Innoscents

Our organic skincare journey started with Little Innoscents.

It was through this brand that we learnt about sodium lauryl sulfate, or rather the lack of it in their products. Their hair & body wash had NO BUBBLES then. The horror! I had happily squirted a long..strand into the bath tub only to see it floating around. ?

But I learnt that no bubbles doesn’t mean not clean. My kid came out of the bath squeaky clean AND with moisturised skin post drying.


I learnt that it takes time with organic and natural products. What may take a diaper cream with chemicals 1 day to heal a diaper rash, may take 1 week for an organic product. It is a matter of preference and patience. For us, it usually resolved significantly by day 4. I can wait 4 days.

I learnt about the various types of oils, base/carriers and other plant ingredients used for each product. Aloe vera juice, beeswax, shea butter, calendula, your very common ingredients used for most natural skincare product.

Steep learning curve for us. And we never stopped scrutinising ingredient labels from then on.

And going organic? Little Innoscents Organic Baby Skin Care range of products is Australian made & owned, and contains over 85% Australian Certified Organic ingredients.

Will share more about each product soon!

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