Determining the Best Toothpaste for Kids
As you start to demonstrate and practice healthy dental hygiene habits for your children, you may come to realize that babies and toddlers need a different type of toothpaste than adults. It may seem the only difference between adult and children toothpastes are the colors and cartoon characters on the tubes, but in reality there are several key differences.
The main difference is the amount of fluoride in the toothpastes. Fluoride, found in the environment and in our bodies, is used to strengthen tooth enamel. In addition to toothpaste, fluoride is added to most public water systems. However, children’s toothpaste has little to no fluoride because they don’t need as much as adults. Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry recommends a fluoride-free toothpaste if your child is under two years old. Between the ages of two and four, your child should be using an American Dental Association-approved fluoride toothpaste.
Picking out toothpaste for your kid
It might feel overwhelming while shopping for the best toothpaste for your child, but Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry has tips to help you navigate the options. Most toothpaste brands have the same ingredients and they all remove plaque and stains, and strengthen tooth enamel. The main differences among brands are the pastes’ consistency, taste, and amount of fluoride.
Our local Harrisburg pediatric dentist also reminds you to look for the American Dental Association seal on the box and tube before buying. These approved toothpastes have undergone testing to ensure they are safe to use.
Best kids toothpaste brands
- Kid’s Crest Cavity Protection Sparkle Fun Toothpaste
- Colgate Children’s 2-in-1 Toothpaste
- Tom’s of Maine, Natural Anti-Cavity Toothpaste for Children
- Aquafresh Bubble Mint Toothpaste
Brushing tips from Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry
Until your child is old enough or able to spit out toothpaste after brushing, they should be using a fluoride-free toothpaste. Remind your child to spit out their toothpaste when they’re done brushing. If children swallow fluoridated toothpaste too often, they can develop a condition called fluorosis which causes white, streaky spots on the teeth.
Have questions? Call our team at 704-377-3688 and one of our specialists will be happy to assist.