Children’s Toothpaste

  • Children’s toothpaste is different to adult toothpaste. As your child’s mouth develops, they need different levels of fluoride to maintain healthy teeth and gums. The toothpaste that your child should use will depend on their age range and the amount of fluoride they may require. The Aquafresh Kids toothpastes come in flavours intended for kids and are less abrasive than adult toothpastes. Your dentist will be able to recommend the appropriate level of fluoride for your child.

  • Children of 3-6 years should use a pea-sized amount for supervised brushing to minimise swallowing. In case of intake of fluoride from other sources, consult a doctor. Children aged under 3 years should use a smear of toothpaste.

  • It is important that parents supervise children whilst they brush their teeth to minimise swallowing and always keep toothpastes out of reach of children. 

    After brushing, children should spit the toothpaste out instead of rinsing the mouth with water. Rinsing will wash away the protective fluoride that is left behind after brushing.

    If children under 6 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 or dentist if a large amount of toothpaste is swallowed.

  • Adult toothpastes usually contain a higher level of fluoride, and 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.

  • Young mouths can be more sensitive, and some children may dislike minty tastes. Therefore some children’s toothpastes are fruit flavoured.
    However, some people may find that using mild mint flavoured toothpastes, such as Aquafresh Milk Teeth and Little Teeth 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 varying amounts in drinking water. Your water supplier will be able to let you know the exact 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.  

  • Fluoride occurs naturally in small amounts in many foods and in varying amounts in drinking water, though the amount of fluoride differs from place to place. Your water supplier will be able to let you know the exact levels of fluoride in your water, as it varies place to place.