If getting your toddler to brush her teeth was not a challenge enough, choosing what toothpaste to use is another issue all parents face. Pediatricians recommend that kids’ teeth or rather gums be cleaned from the beginning. Once the milk teeth erupt it is advised to start brushing using a soft bristle brush without toothpaste.
A child aged 18 months or 2 years can brush their teeth with toothpaste. Since most toddlers have not mastered the technique of spitting at this age, it should be understood that some of the toothpaste might be ingested by them.
Some of the important things parents need to keep in mind while choosing a toothpaste:
Fluoride : Most toothpastes are fortified with fluoride to fight cavities but too much of fluoride can cause fluorosis. Fluorosis is staining of teeth with brown or white stains doe to excessive fluoride. Since small kids don’t always spit out the toothpaste properly, it can be ingested into their system. Therefore one should perfer using non-fluoride toothpastes for kids. If you must use a fluoride toothpaste for kids, ensure that they use no more than a pea-size of the toothpaste.
SLS (Sodium Laruyl Sulfate) : SLS is an ingredient in many common toothpastes but in kids it can cause mouth ulcers. So steer clear of any toothpastes with SLS in them.
Abrasives: Lots of toothpastes today contain abrasives in them to clean plaque and help take food stains away. But these abrasives can prove to be quite harsh for small kids so make sure that their toothpaste contains only low or mild abrasives.
Flavour: Most kids toothpastes comes in either fruity or bubblegum flavor. Some flavours might be stronger for your child and they may not like it. My daughter can never use the bubblegum flavour of any toothpaste it is just too tingly for her. Fruity flavours work best for her. It might be a case of trial and error for you to find out the perfect toothpaste flavor for your child.
The top 5 kids toothpastes in India are Colgate kids, Pepsodent Kids, Pigeon, Chicco and Mee Mee.
A Comparison of Top 5 Kids toothpastes in India
So next time you go to buy a toothpaste for your child just remember the above points and make the best choice. Keep your little ones’ pearly whites shining and healthy. If you know of any other popular kids toothpaste brands, do let me know through your comments.
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