My daughter was around 3 years old when she started getting some brownish stains on her teeth. It was a cause of worry but we got to know it happened due to having cow’s milk before going to bed. It was a cause of concern as on one hand it was her dental health and on the other hand it was a bit embarrassing when friends and relatives noticed and passed remarks on it. We definitely wanted the best tooth paste for her.
We felt relieved when a trip to the dentist told us that she didn’t have cavities. Her teeth were strong and the stains could be removed by cleaning (although not suggested due to her age) or by thorough brushing. Our dentist recommended Pedi flor toothpaste and it did do wonders. Now also when I think about it, I am still confused whether it is the toothpaste or the regular brushing of teeth that helped my daughter.
At that time I researched a lot for the best tooth paste for kids, had a word with my friends and with my mother’s friends, even consulted a few dentists for suggestions on the best tooth paste for kids. And based on that experience I have been able to compile this list.
One thing that you have to take care of is never let a kid use adult toothpaste or paste which contains fluoride . You may have heard or read that adult toothpaste’s remove stains in kids teeth easily, but the long term effect of these toothpaste can be bad for kids teeth.
The reason being that young kids can ingest the toothpaste while brushing and too much of it can cause flourosis, which in turn can cause some white spotting on child’s adult teeth. That is why a quick solution should be completely avoided in such cases.
Best Tooth Paste For Kids
As mentioned, my daughter’s dentist suggested Pediflor to us. The toothpaste is available in two flavors- strawberry and green apple.
It contains 458 ppm of fluoride and 10% Xylitol as active ingredients, which is a sweetener as well as effective in fighting harmful bacteria and preventing cavities. Having used it for past 1 year, I can vouch for its efficiency in fighting cavities as my daughter has developed none.
As for reducing stains, comparatively my daughter’s stains have reduced by 70-80% at least. Manufacturers also claim that the toothpaste is effective in preventing tooth decay, caries and plaque. And it contains fluoride, so it is strictly recommended to be used by children aged 2 years and above.
Kidodent is yet another toothpaste that is recommended by doctors. The toothpaste is effective in preventing carries, plaque and dental cavities.
The active ingredient in it is Sodium monofluorophosphate, which is a medicated fluoride oral gel. There are no other major ingredients, thus making it one of the safer alternatives for children. Just like Pediflor, Kidodent too has to be used only by kids aged 2 years plus as it contains fluoride in 500 ppm.
Chicco was my daughter’s first toothpaste. Though she used to ingest most of her toothpaste, she never faced any problem because of it. As for effectiveness, I really can’t make a personal comment about it as she never used to brush properly when she used this toothpaste.
That being said, majority of user reviews find Chicco highly satisfactory and effective in preventing cavities and decay. Smaller kids especially love its strawberry taste.
As it is free of fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and other harmful ingredients, you do not have to worry even if your baby ingests it.
Though expensive, the fact that babies love this toothpaste makes it a preferred choice amongst parents for children below the age of 2.
Mamaearth 100 Percent Natural Berry Blast Kids Toothpaste
Being free of fluoride and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Mamearth is one of the options that you can use as your baby’s first toothpaste as soon as his/her first tooth sprouts.
The ingredients of Mamaearth Berry Blast Toothpaste include glycerin, hydrated silica, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Aloe Barbendesis, Lauryl Glucoside, Cellulose gum, stevia and natural strawberry flavor. Manufacturers claim it to be 100% natural and absolutely safe for the baby even if he/she swallows it.
The toothpaste is effective in reducing plaque and dental cavities. It is better to introduce the paste right from early days as some of the reviews suggest that older kids are not quite fond of its taste.
The manufacturers recommend it for children aged 0 to 5. However, after 2 years, it is better to opt for toothpaste with fluoride as it is necessary for preventing cavities.
These are the best toothpaste for kids under the age of 5, they are extremely helpful in maintaining the dental hygiene of your child on a regular basis. If you have any other experience or suggestions please do share with us in the comments.