What’s the Best Toothpaste for My Child?
If Your Child is Not Old Enough to Spit the Toothpaste Out:
For toddlers who aren’t quite coordinated to spit out toothpaste, you should use a fluoride-free training toothpaste. This prevents him from swallowing the toothpaste and becoming sick to his stomach. Infants with a few teeth can simply have their teeth brushed with tap water.
Children that Can Spit and Rinse on Their Own:
As your child gains more independence and is able to begin rinsing his own mouth, it’s time to begin using fluoridated toothpaste. This provides the tooth surfaces with minerals to keep tooth enamel strong and repel tooth decay.
Choose fluoridated toothpaste that is flavored to your child’s liking, using only a small pea-sized amount on the brush. Not only does this provide just the right amount of fluoride, it prevents tummy aches if they accidentally swallow it.