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What kind? How old?: 4 and under should not be using toothpaste with fluoride. That being said, sodium lauryl sulfate is a common ingredient in most toothpastes; it is the stuff that causes it to foam. It's a degreaser, dissolving skin oils, which can cause a drying effect. It also causes skin irritation and possible rash. Burt's bees natural toothpaste kids fluoride-free is a good choice, & tom's of maine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sodium Flouride: are beneficial to prevent cavities but is not supposed to be ingested. If it merely occurred while the child is brushing, it should not really be something to worry about. It may take 2 tubes of toothpaste depending on the child's weight to cause toxicity. In fact, some Flouride pills had been taken by some pregnant women in the past if they live in places where they don't have Flouride in H2O. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As a child I used to swallow toothpaste instead of rinsing it out. Would it have done any damaged to my body?
How much is too much fluoride for a young child? Do i need to buy the "kid" version of toothpaste, or can my 4 year old just use regular toothpaste? Do i need to worry about my child getting too much fluoride?
Yes: Kids tooth paste.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it ok to brush w/ my child's toothpaste half the time? I'm saving up to have dental work done & that brand does not hurt my teeth in the meantime.
When is it safe to let your child brush their teeth? I've seen the labels on children's toothpaste that says children under six shouldn't use it. Does that mean children under that age shouldn't use the toothpaste, or is that the age where i can let them
All ages: Let your child brush their teeth, and then brush for them! the truth is most kids don't have the patience or dexterity to brush properly, and need assistance. The concern with some toothpastes is the fouride content. A child ideally should be able to spit the majority of the toothpaste out before using fluoridated toothpaste(swallowing small quantities is not a concern). Toddler paste is fine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Are children more sensitive to fluoride than adults? My child drinks fluoridated water and uses toothpaste and mouth rinse with fluoride, as i do. Is this too much for his baby teeth?
Be careful: Children are not allowed to use adult tooth paste because of content is being not appropriate for children's health norms. Using excessive amount of Fluoride is not only going to create problems with the teeth, but also may affect the whole bone system. It makes bone structure much more brittle and teeth discolored. In some cases just fluoridated water is sufficient in providing necessary units. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers