25 doctors weighed in:
What toothpaste should I introduce my kids to dental hygiene with?
25 doctors weighed in

Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: One they like
Getting your kids in the habit of proper brushing (and flossing) is extremely important at an early age.
Use minimal amount of toothpaste especially at an early age. Make if fun and not a chore. Actual technique is more important than the toothpaste itself. Good eating habits is equally important. Which toothpaste used is the least important factor regarding good dental hygiene.

In brief: One they like
Getting your kids in the habit of proper brushing (and flossing) is extremely important at an early age.
Use minimal amount of toothpaste especially at an early age. Make if fun and not a chore. Actual technique is more important than the toothpaste itself. Good eating habits is equally important. Which toothpaste used is the least important factor regarding good dental hygiene.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. George Ayoub
Dentistry - Cosmetic
3 doctors agree
In brief: What age
It all depends on the age please check with your dentist or american dental association recommendation based on the age.

In brief: What age
It all depends on the age please check with your dentist or american dental association recommendation based on the age.
Dr. George Ayoub
Dr. George Ayoub
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree
In brief: ProNamel for kids
#1 kid's toothpaste.
Remember to use only a pea-sized portion of toothpaste. Ask your dentist or preferably pediatric dental specialist for advice. (1st dental ck-up age 1).

In brief: ProNamel for kids
#1 kid's toothpaste.
Remember to use only a pea-sized portion of toothpaste. Ask your dentist or preferably pediatric dental specialist for advice. (1st dental ck-up age 1).
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Flouride toothpaste
Toothpaste with ada seal is recommended.

In brief: Flouride toothpaste
Toothpaste with ada seal is recommended.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
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Dr. Uttma Dham
A fluoride toothpaste is recommended as long as your children are old enough so they don't swallow the toothpaste.
Dr. Robert Stuart
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Non-fluoride
Depending on your kids' age, Fluoride toothpaste may be a little hazardous because they frequently end up swallowing it.

In brief: Non-fluoride
Depending on your kids' age, Fluoride toothpaste may be a little hazardous because they frequently end up swallowing it.
Dr. Robert Stuart
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Somewhat matters on the age of the child. For sure use something that they like the taste of so they view the brushing activity as pleasant.
Dr. Paul Takemoto
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bubble gum
most kids don't like mint.
there are lots of flavors out there for kids. most like bubble gum.

In brief: Bubble gum
most kids don't like mint.
there are lots of flavors out there for kids. most like bubble gum.
Dr. Paul Takemoto
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Dr. Kevin Nail
Agreed! Most kids hate mint...recently the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry changed their stance on fluoride toothpaste for children under 2 to only a smear
Dr. Kevin Nail
Before they didn't recommend fluoride toothpaste until after 2
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Make it fun
Agree completely with dr. Sandler. Make tooth brushing a fun activity that is a part of their daily routine.
You can even brush together to really get them excited. Keep it positive. Sometimes a mild tasting toothpaste is easier for them to accept but as mentioned the habit itself in more important than specific type. Also be sure to only use a pea size amount of paste if very young.

In brief: Make it fun
Agree completely with dr. Sandler. Make tooth brushing a fun activity that is a part of their daily routine.
You can even brush together to really get them excited. Keep it positive. Sometimes a mild tasting toothpaste is easier for them to accept but as mentioned the habit itself in more important than specific type. Also be sure to only use a pea size amount of paste if very young.
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
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Dr. Jay Kansal
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Any Childrens toothp
Several companies make specific children's toothpastes.
Depending on their age it is important to start with these toothpastes as they dont contain Fluoride which can be dangerous to children through overdose if they are not old enough to spit the toothpaste out. Once they are old enough to spit the toothpaste out, any fl toothpaste will work, just put a pea sized amount on.

In brief: Any Childrens toothp
Several companies make specific children's toothpastes.
Depending on their age it is important to start with these toothpastes as they dont contain Fluoride which can be dangerous to children through overdose if they are not old enough to spit the toothpaste out. Once they are old enough to spit the toothpaste out, any fl toothpaste will work, just put a pea sized amount on.
Dr. Jay Kansal
Dr. Jay Kansal
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Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry
In brief: Crest
Crest Fluoride formulae started the whole thing years ago.
That's why I use their stuff.

In brief: Crest
Crest Fluoride formulae started the whole thing years ago.
That's why I use their stuff.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dr. Robert Brodsky
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Dr. Dell Goodrick
Dentistry
In brief: Just brush
The most important thing is just to get them to brush.
There's a great new video on youtube called "teach me how to brushy" (could not create a link). Find a non-fluoride toothpaste for younger children who may swallow the paste in a flavor that they will like. Colgate & tom's make good child-friendly flavors. For teethers, try orajel training toothpaste.

In brief: Just brush
The most important thing is just to get them to brush.
There's a great new video on youtube called "teach me how to brushy" (could not create a link). Find a non-fluoride toothpaste for younger children who may swallow the paste in a flavor that they will like. Colgate & tom's make good child-friendly flavors. For teethers, try orajel training toothpaste.
Dr. Dell Goodrick
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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