Posted on 13 August 2020

When looking for a toothpaste for your child, you should buy a product appropriate to their age. Good oral hygiene is vital for the health of your child’s teeth and your child-friendly dentist can advise on toothpaste options.

Key takeaways:

  • For children under 3 years old look for a fluoride-free toothpaste, sometimes referred to as training toothpaste.
  • A fluoride toothpaste can be used when your child is able to brush their own teeth and spit out the toothpaste.
  • A toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association gives you peace of mind it has met the appropriate standards of safety and effectiveness.

"Fluoride is important throughout life to keep tooth enamel strong and reduce the risk of cavities, but very young children can’t spit toothpaste out, and fluoride should not be swallowed."

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