Picking the Right Toothpaste & Toothbrush for Your Children

Little boy brushing his teethBrushing is an important step in helping ensure the oral health of your children. That’s why many parents wonder how to pick the best toothbrush and toothpaste for their children. With all the different choices out there, it can sometimes seem overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help your make the right choice.


Having the right cleaning tool will go a long way in making sure that your children’s teeth are properly brushed. You should always give your children a child-sized toothbrush. Not only do they fit better in your child’s hands, but the head of the toothbrush and the size of the bristles are better suited for correctly cleaning a child’s mouth.

Due to the sensitive nature of their teeth and gums, children’s toothbrushes should always have soft bristles. The head should easily fit within the child’s mouth (look at the packaging for some general age guidelines) and you should choose a toothbrush that has easy, child-friendly grips on the body. After that, the color and design of the toothbrush are up to your kid.


You should only use actual toothpaste for children over the age of two. Before that time, use a tooth and gum cleaner. After the age of two, your children should begin using fluoride toothpaste. However, children need a lot less fluoride than adults, so make sure you pick a children’s toothpaste that is marked “low fluoride.”

Outside of getting the right fluoride level, the most important step in picking toothpaste is that you pick one tat your children will actually want to use. There is no advantage to having mint over bubblegum, blue over green, or sparkle over no sparkle except in regards to your children’s preference. Let your children have a say in the final choice of both toothpaste and toothbrush so you can be sure they are picking something they will want to use day after day.

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