Picking The Perfect Toothpaste

Getting your kids to brush your teeth can be quite the pain.  It is even worse if they hate the toothpaste that you are trying to get them to brush with.  Below are some things to consider when selecting a toothpaste so that you can get your children to brush their teeth!


While most toothpaste is mint flavored: spearmint, peppermint, strong mint etc. there are flavors just for kids that are fruity and fun.  If your child doesn’t like the mint toothpaste, try to find something that they will like.  There are many different flavors available — bubblegum, strawberry, blue raspberry, cupcake, cinnamon, and even bacon flavored! Find a flavor that your child won’t mind putting in their mouth.  


Oral B and Crest have teamed up with Disney to bring all of your child’s favorite characters to oral hygiene.  Colgate teamed up with Universal Studios to bring you other favorites.  You can buy “princess toothpaste,” “Spider-Man toothpaste,” “Spongebob toothpaste,” and more.  Your child will be more motivated to brush their teeth if Cinderella is helping them out!  These toothpastes come in all sorts of fun flavors too.  You can collect characters using Disney’s Magic Timer, and have the characters time your kids for two minutes so that they fully brush their teeth.  


Since most kids under the age of 2 will swallow the toothpaste rather than spitting it into the sink, use a non-fluoride paste.  After that age they can use fluoride toothpaste to keep their teeth healthy and strong.  Recently, the American Dental Association (ADA) has said that you should give your kids under 2 toothpaste with fluoride, just use a tiny amount.  Just make sure that you are using age-appropriate toothpaste.  Use a pea sized amount of toothpaste for kids, and just a smear for toddlers and infants.  

Choose the Right Color

Every child is different, so don’t be surprised if your daughter refuses to use any toothpaste that isn’t pink, or if your son will only use blue toothpaste.  Buy your child’s favorite color of toothpaste to encourage them to brush.  

So What Brand Should I Choose?

There are many different brands of toothpaste to choose from — Colgate, Crest, Aquafresh, Sensodyne, Arm & Hammer and more.  With so many different options how do you know which one to choose for your kids?  As long as you choose a brand that is ADA approved, you can’t go wrong.