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    What is the best kids toothpaste?

    I am a mother of two toddlers and was wondering if it is ok to brush my kids' teeth with adult toothpaste or if I should buy a toothpaste for kids. What is the best kind?
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    ProCare Family Dental is a general dental practice. We treat all patients, from the very young to the elderly. We also see patients with disabilities … View Profile

    Children who are too young to know how to spit out the toothpaste and not swallow it should not use adult strength fluoridated tooth paste. They should use a childs strength toothpaste which has 60% less fluoride in it. This becomes less of a problem if they do swallow some.

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    Jaffar Dental - Trusted and Established since 1997. We are a family owned General Dental Practice offering a friendly and caring environment in Waterford QLD. … View Profile

    Manufacturers make toothpaste for children that has a lower concentration of fluoride and is less minty than adult paste. Any well known manufacturer's children's toothpaste is fine.

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     Many children prefer fruit flavors like watermelon and strawberry. Colgate brings to the shelves both of these flavors for the kids. This toothpaste is not entirely preservative free, so parents may not use it regularly for kids under five. However, for those a bit older, this is one of the best toothpastes in the market. Colgate has a lot of experience in dental products for kids.  Another great thing with this toothpaste is that it comes in a pack with its own toothbrush. Attractive packages like these really interest children. Like an  Easter Show Bag .
      Most toothpastes  by Colgate are satisfactory for teeth . Use as little as possible on a brush “half a drop” . Remember if the taste is nice ..Iam going to eat it instead of brush with it …if Iam under 6 . So ..no toothpaste on a brush before that age..or it will be eaten . Watch those fruity flavours . Supervise toothbrushing .

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    Maria Nguyen

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    No, kids should use a kid toothpaste. It has less fluoride in it. I buy Gerber strawberry flavor toothpaste for my 2 year old. He seems to like it the best. 

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    Dr Beth Thomas

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    Beth works at the Angliss Hospital (Ferntree Gully) which has paediatric inpatients and outpatients and a Special Care Nursery. She also works at Monash Medical … View Profile

    I think when choosing a toothpaste for children it is important to remember that some of it will be swallowed. So look for low or no fluoride, no sugar, no preservatives/colours or SLS (sodium lauryl sufate which is just put into toothpaste to make it frothy but can be harsh on tender gums). Most children do not like mint, as they find it too strong or hot. I personally buy “Jack and Jill” toothpaste from the health food stores - all Australian, and lots of fun flavours. 

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    paulyem

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    Hi 
    I use Jack and Jill tooth paste for my 15 month old, and I love it, and my son loves it even more, he wants to eat it! but a dentist told me that it wasn't really good because they needed some level of fluoride to keep the teeth healthy and in good condition.

    What do you think of this?

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    Get a toothpaste with less flavour than an adult toothpaste and ideal fluoride levels If you buy a KIDS toothaste you really ca't go wrong

  • Clare Jones

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    Not quite about tooth paste(My son was against them all!, power trip going on!)

    but I just discovered these! Butler G-U-M Red-cote Dental Disclosing Tablets

    My almost 5 year old has hit a new level of defiance and his dental hygiene routine is torturous!!! I was pinning him down to floss and brush his teeth as well as banning all his favourite treats! But then I tried these and he see's it as a game to remove all the pink!

    And loves brushinghis teeth! 

    Wohoo!  Mummy wins that battle! 

  • Julien has done further training at New York University, School of Dentistry in Aesthetic Dentistry. This has made Julien a highly respected clinician by the … View Profile

    Hi Clare, plaque disclosing tablets and solutions are the most underrated home based dental care product. Well done for finding them and using them!

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