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I noticed that my kid's toothpaste actually has artificial sweeteners in it... Is that bad for kids? Why would they do that?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gilberto Nunez
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Is not bad for the kids but if it is something that concerns you there are companies like tom's of maine that makes toothpaste without sweetener.

In brief: No

Is not bad for the kids but if it is something that concerns you there are companies like tom's of maine that makes toothpaste without sweetener.
Dr. Gilberto Nunez
Dr. Gilberto Nunez
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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
We have recommended the use of Tom's of Maine for many years. I use it for my son, as well. Great recommendation, Dr. Nunez.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Artificial sweeteners are approved by the fda.
There are used to make the product taste better, and hence will be more likely to brush their teeth.

In brief: No

Artificial sweeteners are approved by the fda.
There are used to make the product taste better, and hence will be more likely to brush their teeth.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
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Dr. Jerry Hu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Switch

You can switch to other brands.

In brief: Switch

You can switch to other brands.
Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Hu
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Flavor

Toothpaste is designed to assist with brushing to remove noxious material from the teeth and interspaces.
Artificial sweeteners are used to improve the flavor/tolerability. The amount is small per brushing and it would be counterintuitive to in fact use sugar as a sweetener for toothpaste. Don't worry about the small dose.

In brief: Flavor

Toothpaste is designed to assist with brushing to remove noxious material from the teeth and interspaces.
Artificial sweeteners are used to improve the flavor/tolerability. The amount is small per brushing and it would be counterintuitive to in fact use sugar as a sweetener for toothpaste. Don't worry about the small dose.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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David Miller
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Fewer cavities

Bacteria grow and damage your teeth. Therefore, artificial sweeteners make kids' toothpaste taste good without causing cavities.

In brief: Fewer cavities

Bacteria grow and damage your teeth. Therefore, artificial sweeteners make kids' toothpaste taste good without causing cavities.
David Miller
David Miller
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