Selecting your child’s toothpaste can be a tough decision for new parents, as not all toothpastes are created equal. As parents, we want to give our children something that is good for them, will provide them the best results and will be something they’ll enjoy and want to use. When it comes to toothpaste, this can be a challenge to find the perfect product. The good news is, most toothpaste brands generally contain ingredients to remove stains, eliminate plaque and strengthen tooth enamel.
In our research, the major differences we have found between brands are the level of fluoride, type of flavoring and thickness of the paste. Be aware that adult and non-ADA approved brands of toothpaste can contain harsher abrasives, which can remove tooth enamel and weaken primary teeth.
Knowing when to start toothpaste can be another big question. We recommend you start encouraging your child to use a fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth appears. So which toothpaste should you choose? First and foremost, select an American Dental Association (ADA) accepted brand of toothpaste containing fluoride, such as brands like Colgate, Crest, Toms and Aquafresh.
When starting your child on toothpaste, use only a tiny pea or rice-sized amount on the tooth brush. Encourage your child to spit out the excess after brushing, but because of this minimal amount, it is not harmful if they swallow some of it. Getting the toothpaste out of their mouth takes practice and motivation - especially if it’s a tasty flavor!
If you have any questions or concerns about choosing the right toothpaste for your child, come see us! We’re happy to make a recommendation.