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are there any neutral-flavored toothpastes for children? we've tried just about every kind of child's toothpaste that exists, but our daughter refuses to brush her teeth because she says they "all taste bad". is there any type with a really mild flavor th

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Dr. Lee Patalowski
Specializes in Dentistry
We : We have a number of patient's that like tom's of maine toothpaste. Have you tried that brand yet?
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Neil McLeod
48 years experience Prosthodontics
I : I love this question, thank you for asking it! the first thing i want to stress is that tooth paste is a cosmetic, it is not essential for plaque control. The whole point of brushing your teeth is to disturb the plaque colony that grows between brushing times, and break it up so that saliva can neutralize the acid and toxic content that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Yes toothpastes are nice to use if you like the flavor, and they do have anti microbial agents and fluoride, and a soap that foams up nicely and a host of other ingredients that may or may not be good for us, but toothpaste is not essential. Next i wanted to mention that i used to love the flavors of the childrens' toothpaste that we used to have when i was a boy in the 1950's. But i suspect they are long gone. However, I have given you some links that may be useful. Good luck. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
The most important thing is to develop good oral hygiene behavior. Children should brush, and then be brushed by their parents, to make sure all reachable surfaces are cleaned. It's the toothbrush, and the dental floss (orWater Pik) that cleans the teeth. Toothpaste provides flavor and Fluoride. So check with your dentist about Fluoride supplements to strengthen developing teeth, and fluoride rinses to protect erupted teeth. Check on sealants for your child. Help your child brush 2 full minutes by the clock twice a day, and floss or be flossed once a day, EVERY DAY. If your child doesn't like the taste of toothpaste, including Tom's of Maine, she still has to brush...no excuses.
Aug 7, 2013
Dr. Don Millner
Dr. Don Millner commented
42 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Great answer! Also, without toothpaste you can actual see where you are cleaning. Lastly, daily flossing far outweighs any amount of toothbrushing!!!
Apr 7, 2013
Dr. Alan Zweig
44 years experience Dentistry
Toothpaste : Toothpaste is not really necessary. The mechanical movement of the toothbrush and floss is what removes plaque. Toothpastes have flavor and get sudsy to make it more pleasant for us to brush and to get the feeling that we are scrubbing our teeth. If your child complains about the taste- use plain water! they will still get the benefit of brushing. If she still refuses because of a bad taste, well then there is another issue at hand.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Mike Deldar
23 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
No tooth paste: Try to brush her teeth without tooth paste just use water. The action of tooth brush is more important.
Answered on Dec 11, 2015
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