Originally Posted by Amylcd
I want to know too... what health benefit comes from not brushing?
Well, it's certainly EASIER not to brush, and in the case of toddlers and children, it eliminates one source of power struggles (which can have negative consequences on the whole child, regardless of its impact on oral health.)
Also, certain toothpastes can be harmful, if they contain ingredients that the individual is allergic or sensitive to. Brushing with something like baking soda on a daily basis can wear down the enamel coating teeth. If you don't brush your teeth, you eliminate those concerns. Of course, you can also brush with plain water, or brush with an all natural toothpaste that's free of dangerous additives (which additives should be avoided will vary depending on who you ask.) I would sooner brush with plain water than use a toothpaste containing synthetic additives.
I've never seen anything that suggests it's actually beneficial to NOT brush the teeth, but I have seen things (such as Dr. Price's work) that suggests toothbrushing might not be necessary. And I've seen and heard plenty of other things stating that toothbrushing is absolutely essential.
I brush and floss my teeth once a day, with all natural, floride-free toothpaste. I encourage my children to do the same, but I don't force the issue. I certainly didn't force the issue when they were toddlers. One child did have dental carries as a toddler, but that was from drinking bottles of pasturized cow's milk, not from lack of toothbrushing. My kids who nursed past age 2 had very healthy baby teeth, at least until they started school and eating school snacks and lunches.