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Choosing the Best Toothpaste for Your Child


Recently we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of toothpaste types and brands made specifically for children. There are so many choices that it can be difficult to find one that is best for your child’s oral health. Here are a few quick guidelines to make sure you find one that’s right:

1) Look for the ADA seal.

When trying to find the best toothpaste, it’s important to start with one that is
recommended by the American Dental Association. Their seal of approval can be found on the box and tube and ensures that the toothpaste has been objectively evaluated for safety by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.

2) Avoid harsh abrasives.

Many toothpastes, especially those advertised as “whitening” often contain abrasives that can damage young tooth enamel.

3) Check for fluoride.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to dramatically reduce tooth decay. But you should remember to have children spit out toothpaste and avoid swallowing it. Too much fluoride can cause a condition known as fluorosis. For children too young to spit out toothpaste, you may consider using a fluoride free toothpaste or only a small “pea size” amount.

4) Consider the flavor.

While not a health related issue, you want to make sure that a toothpaste doesn’t taste bad to your child. Many children often find traditional flavors like mint to be “spicy” and they often prefer the more kid friendly options available today.

7 Responses to “Choosing the Best Toothpaste for Your Child”

  1. Zequek Estrada

    I didn’t know that most whitening toothpaste often contains abrasives that’ll damage your enamel. That’s kind of surprising and I probably need to change the kind I use then. Overall I’d imagine the best way to choose a toothpaste for you child is to ask a dentist after you child’s teeth gets checked up.


  2. Jasper Whiteside

    I remember choosing a sparkly blue toothpaste as a child that had an almost candy taste to it. I think that my parents picked it because it had fluoride in it. They always used to make sure that I didn’t eat afterwards, as this can remove the fluoride and lessen the benefits of the toothpaste.


  3. Kit Hannigan

    I find it interesting to know that too much fluoride in our system can cause a condition called fluorosis. Fluoride free toothpaste can be something I can try with my kids to be sure. I’ll be sure to share this really great post about choosing the right toothpaste with other parents. Thank you!


  4. Amy Winters

    Thanks for pointing out that we should choose a fluoride-free toothpaste if the child is too young to spit out toothpaste. My sister is currently trying to pick the best toothpaste for her toddler. I’ll definitely give her a call and remind her to make sure she buys a fluoride-free toothpaste until my niece is old enough to spit while brushing.


  5. Skylar Williams

    Thank you for your tip to check the toothpaste box for the ADA seal to make sure it is approved by the American Dental Association. My wife just had a baby and we just moved so we’re looking tips on how to keep our baby’s teeth clean as well as where to find a dentist. I’ll keep these tips in mind so we can choose the right toothpaste for our child.


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