Kids toothpaste can taste good enough to inspire your child to brush longer or bad enough make them run for the nearest sink.
How to choose wisely and keep them brushing longer.
Look for the American Dental Association seal of approval. This seal assures you that the product meets ADA standards for fluoride and abrasively.
Avoid mint toothpaste. Most kids toothpastes come in fruit or bubble mint flavor. Fruit is the easiest flavor for kids to use. Even bubble mint is too minty for some kids.
Under age 3 should use a training or non fluoride toothpaste. Toothpaste tastes good enough to eat. Until they learn how to spit and not swallow, children should use a fluoride free toothpaste.
Once they are able to spit, Kids should definately have fluoride in toothpaste. There are many benefits of fluoride.
Mix it up! Variety is the spice of life. Alternate flavors and brands. Kids love new things. Surprise your kids and keep them brushing with the latest flavor or their favorite disney or cartoon character.
A pea size amount of toothpaste is all an adult needs for brushing. Kids need even less. Just a smear will do. If their mouth is too full of toothpaste they will not brush long enough.
Kids love brushing their own teeth but should be assisted until they are able to color within the lines. Taking turns will help them learn the proper brushing of teeth.
Older kids benefit from using a timer. If kids get used to brushing for 2 minutes they will be ahead of most adults:)
Kids are more prone to cavities and can even have gingivitis. Kids need to use good brushing form to clean every surface of every tooth.
Having their own special toothpaste inspires children to brush early and often. Remember, the best toothpaste is the one that gets used:)