Choosing the best toothpaste for kids

May 16, 2014 | Posted in Dental Health Tips | Be the first one to comment

If you have children, there’s a good chance you’ve had trouble getting them to brush their teeth from time to time. It’s a well-known fact that kids hate brushing their teeth. Not only are many toothbrushes uncomfortable, most toothpastes taste bad too. I remember when I was six and having to use spearmint toothpaste and hating the bitter taste. Back then there weren’t many flavor options, so you just had to suck it up if you didn’t like it. Luckily, now there are many brands of children’s toothpaste to choose from in a variety of delicious flavours. But with so many different options, where do you start?

Well other than asking your dentist for toothpaste recommendations, look for brands with the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) seal on them. The seal means the toothpaste has been tested for its effectiveness and proper ingredients and is deemed safe to use. Choose a mild abrasive and stay away from toothpastes which may contain harmful chemicals, such as triclosan. This chemical has been linked to possibly causing heart problems. Try not to let your child swallow fluoridated toothpaste (Yep, kids eat toothpaste!) and don’t force a flavour they don’t like. For the best toothpastes for your kids, try some of the following brands.

Tom’s of Maine Fluoride-Free in Silly Strawberry:

Tom’s of Maine makes excellent toothpaste. This anti-cavity toothpaste is completely natural and is free of artificial preservatives, fragrances and colours. It also contains real fruit juice for a yummy taste kids will go wild for. What’s great about Tom’s of Maine is that their products are free of animal testing. So if you’re animal lover, that’s something to keep in mind too. This one’s a bargain at $4.

Colgate My First Fluoride Free Mild Mint Toothpaste:

The Colgate Children’s toothpaste is intended for children up to two years of age. Its gentle fluoride-free formula is ideal for helping teach your kids good brushing habits. Since many kids don’t like spitting after brushing, the toothpaste is low foaming which helps to make brushing easier for them. Best of all, it contains no artificial colors or preservatives, so it’s safe if children swallow it. This one’s also less than $4.

Weleda Children's Tooth Gel:

This tooth gel was developed in cooperation with dentists. It’s very gentle and contains only natural and organic ingredients. The tooth gel includes biodynamic Calendula, a soothing herb, which is suitable for children with sensitive gums and teeth. Kids will love the gel’s bright colour and yummy taste of the natural essential oils. The lack of harmful substances also removes your worries of your child swallowing while brushing. At around $8, it’s a bit pricier, but worth it.

Colgate Children's 2-in-1 Toothpaste and Mouthwash, Watermelon or Strawberry Flavor:

Many children enjoy the sweet taste of watermelon and strawberry. They’ll also love this Colgate toothpaste with its fun and delicious fruity flavours. The toothpaste and mouthwash formula is gentle so it’s ideal for sensitive teeth. It’s not entirely preservative free so parents should be careful with overusing it with children under five. However, for older kids it’s one of the best toothpastes available on the market. Colgate has a ton of experience with dental products for children and with its attractive packaging, kids will be sure to notice it. At less than $3 a tube, this toothpaste is definitely a steal.


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