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Can Children Use Any Toothpaste?

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Giri Palani
The first tooth of your child is cute and white. As a parent, it is your duty to make sure their teeth stay healthy. But when should they start using toothpaste? Many parents wonder if all toothpaste is safe for kids. The answer is NO! Not all toothpaste is ideal for infants. You should never let kids use regular toothpaste.

[[[H2:Why Is Special Toothpaste Necessary for Kids?]]
There are special toothpastes for kids. But you must be careful because some toothpastes have substances you should avoid. If your child is under two, use toothpaste without fluoride. This is because little kids tend to swallow toothpaste instead of spitting it out. Swallowing fluoride can harm a developing brain. Instead, your baby can get fluoride from fluoridated water or other supplements.

Moreover, avoid giving your child toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), as it can cause irritating canker sores. Choose toothpaste with essential oils, commonly found in natural toothpaste. Most essential oils kill microbes, though some oral bacteria are necessary to prevent cavities.

[[[H2:When Should I Begin Cleaning Baby Teeth?]]
Every time your child eats or drinks, oral bacteria have a feast. They feed on the sugars from the food, and, as a result, they release acids. These acids can lead to problems like tooth decay, bad breath, cavities, and enamel erosion. If you do not remove the plaque within 48 hours, it starts breaking down and eventually hardens.

The hardened tartar cannot be taken off with a toothbrush and floss. It requires the help of a dentist for cleaning. Your child does not need toothpaste to remove plaque. You only need a toothbrush, water, and the correct brushing technique.

[[[H2:When Should Kids Start Using Adult Toothpaste?]]
Kids can switch to adult toothpaste after learning how to brush like grown-ups. This is usually between ages 3 and 8. They should be able to spit appropriately, not swallow toothpaste, and handle a stronger mint flavor. If your child cannot spit and still swallows toothpaste, keep practicing and stick to childrens toothpaste for proper brushing.

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