Children’s toothpaste is different to adult toothpaste, as the child’s mouth develops they need different levels of fluoride to maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, in some cases young children will need the same fluoride levels as adults if they are at a greater risk of cavities. Your dentist will be able to recommend the appropriate fluoride level of toothpaste for your child.
The Aquafresh Children’s range; Milk Teeth, Little Teeth, Big Teeth and Advance states age guidelines to help you find the most appropriate toothpaste for your child.
Children under 3 years of age should use a smear of a children’s fluoride toothpaste and children over 3 should use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste (unless your dentist recommends toothpaste with more fluoride). Some toothbrushes, such as Aquafresh Milk Teeth toothbrushes have coloured bristles indicating how much toothpaste to use.
It is important that parents supervise young children brushing their teeth and always keep toothpastes out of reach of small children to minimise swallowing.
After brushing, children should spit the toothpaste out – but not rinse as the fluoride toothpaste can continue to protect their teeth.
If children under 7 years of age regularly swallow too much fluoride while their adult teeth are forming, there is a risk they may develop fluorosis. You should consult your doctor if a large amount of toothpaste is swallowed.
Adult toothpaste contains a higher level of fluoride, and in some
casesyoung children will need the same fluoride levels as adults if they are at a greater risk of cavities. Your dentist will be able to recommend the appropriate fluoride level of toothpaste for your child.
UK Guidelines recommend children 0-3 years of age use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm, but only use a smear. Children aged 3-6 years are recommended to use a fluoride toothpaste of more than 1000ppm, and children 7+ years, a toothpaste containing 1350-1500ppm fluoride.
Young mouths are very sensitive and some children may dislike minty tastes, therefore some children’s toothpastes are fruit flavoured, some with and some without fluoride.
However, using gentle or mild mint flavour toothpastes, such as Aquafresh Milk Teeth, Little Teeth and Big Teeth toothpaste can make it easier to switch children to adult toothpaste when the time comes.
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride occurs naturally in small amounts in many foods and in some drinking water in varying amounts. Your water supplier will be able to let you know exactly the levels of fluoride in your water, as it varies place to place.
European guidelines recommend all children use fluoride toothpaste, and your dentist will be able to recommend the appropriate fluoride level of toothpaste for your child. If your child is at greater risk of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend fluoride supplements.
Aquafresh Big Teeth Mouthwash for children aged 6 years and above, also contains fluoride for extra protection.
Fluoride occurs naturally in small amounts in many foods and in varying amounts in some drinking water, though the amount of fluoride varies from place to place. Some of the drinking water in the UK has fluoride added to it. Your water supplier will be able to let you know exactly the levels of fluoride in your water. Even if you live in an area with fluoridated water, you should still use fluoride toothpaste to help protect your child’s milk teeth.