4 Tips on Best Toothpaste for Children’s Teeth
There are many different types of toothpaste available in stores. How do you decide what is best for your child?
We recommend choosing a toothpaste with fluoride as soon as your child gets her first tooth. We look for toothpaste products with the ADA seal of approval. The Seal is backed by science. Every product with the Seal has been scientifically evaluated by independent experts to be safe and effective. To earn the Seal, companies are asked to meet higher standards than what is required by law.
There are fluoride toothpastes with sodium fluoride and stannous fluoride. Both strengthen tooth enamel and fight cavities, but stannous fluoride has extra advantages. Stannous fluoride has an antimicrobial effect and works well for those with sensitive teeth.
Non-fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride-free toothpaste. Natural toothpaste. These are widely available and usually made from calcium and silica. If you are looking to avoid fluoride, these are options, but we want you to know that the lack of fluoride reduces their ability to strengthen enamel and prevent cavities.
Tip 1 Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance
Tip 2 Try Different Toothpaste Flavors
Tanner’s Toothpaste. For children who have trouble finding a toothpaste flavor they like. This is the toothpaste for children with flavor sensitivities.
Tip 3 Give Choices, Let your child pick a flavor for the day. Strawberry, bubble gum, chocolate, vanilla. Create a menu of toothpaste options.
Tip 4 Use Fluoride Toothpaste. There are many varieties, but look for stannous or sodium fluoride toothpastes.