Baby Toothpaste Buying Guide
Buying a safe to swallow toothpaste is essential to keeping your babies tiny teeth clean.
What to consider
Fluoride or fluoride free?
Although fluoride toothpaste is safe to use for babies, it can be strong for certain babies. Fluoride is necessary after 2 years to strengthen teeth.
The taste of flavored toothpaste can make brushing easier and more appealing for your child. Avoid strong minty flavors and opt for a milder, natural flavor.
Young children do spit out their toothpaste until the age of 3. Use a safe-to-swallow toothpaste before switching to a toddler toothpaste.
Most baby toiletries are free from parabens, a kind of artificial preservative. Parabens have been found to contain properties similar to the female hormone estrogen. Although some issues have been found on animals, parabens have not been known to affect humans.
Sulfates such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are widely found in cosmetic products. Although SLS and SLES are approved for use, some parents believe they have adverse health effects and prefer more natural products. According to the American Cancer Association, there is no evidence of SLS/SLES being a carcinogen.
|Popular brands||NUK||Jack N Jill||Colgate||Kodomo||Tom's Of Maine||Aquafresh||Babyganics||Dr. Brown's|
|Model||Fluoride-free Tooth and Gum Cleanser||Organic Toothpaste||My First Toothpaste||Children's Toothpaste||Natural Children's Toothpaste||First Teeth||Fluoride Free Toothpaste||Natural Baby Toothpaste|
|Free from||Dairy, gluten||Sulfates, sugar, preservatives, artificial colors, gluten||Artificial colors, preservates, sulfates||Sugar||Dyes, artificial colors, preservatives, flavors, sweeteners||Artificial colors, preservatives||Sulfates, parabens, gluten, artificial colors||Artificial color and preservatives|
|Fluoride free||Yes||Yes||Both versions available||No||Both versions available||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Flavour||Apple & banana||Blackcurrant, blueberry, banana, raspberry, strawberry, natural||Mild fruit||Strawberry, Grape, Orange, Apple||Strawberry, Orange & Mango||Apple & Banana Flavor||Watermelon, Strawberry||Pear & Apple|
|Age||3 months +||Unspecified||0-2 years||6+ months||Unspecified||3-24 months||Teething onwards||0-3 years|
|Price||5.1 (40g)||15 (50g)||4.2 (45g)||2.7 (80g)||4.9 (119g)||13.8 (42.5g)||13.9 (130g)||16.9 (40g)|
|Where to buy||iHerb||Mothercare||Kiwi kitchen||Guardian||iHerb||Redmart||Agape Babies||Redmart|
- Use a rice-grain amount of toothpaste to clean babies teeth for the first three years, then use a pea-sized amount.
- Visit a dentist at least once by the time your baby is one year old.
- Encourage your child to spit up toothpaste. Although swallowing tiny amounts is safe, this helps them develop good habits.
- If your child cries often when brushing their teeth or gets fussy, try changing toothpaste brand and flavor.
- Sugary food causes teeth decay in babies, avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle or feeding them sugary liquids.
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