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What Makes Children's Toothpaste Different from Adult Toothpaste?

Apr 11 • 1 minute read

The number of different kinds of toothpaste available on the market can be overwhelming, and it’s difficult to know what is best when it comes to choosing a toothpaste for your child. They may be hoping you'll get the package with their favorite character on it or that comes in their favorite flavor, while you may be wondering if there’s a difference between adult and children’s toothpaste and how that should affect your choice. The answer is yes, there is a difference, and knowing about it can help you make better decisions when choosing toothpaste for your children.

The biggest difference between toothpaste designed for adults and toothpaste designed for children is the fluoride content found in them. Fluoride is an important mineral that is found naturally in air, soil, and water. It strengthens tooth enamel and helps make it resistant to acids. This helps to prevent decay in both baby and permanent teeth. Because of its benefits, it is frequently added to the community's water sources.

Children’s toothpaste usually has a smaller amount of fluoride than adult toothpaste because kids can sometimes develop fluorosis if they are exposed to too much fluoride. Fluorosis is what it is called when children develop small white spots on their teeth. It occurs when teeth are still developing beneath the gum line.

Fluorosis is not typically harmful; it can be treated, and you can work to prevent it ahead of time. Choosing the right toothpaste appropriate for your child’s age is the best defense against him or her developing fluorosis. For children below two, only a small smear of toothpaste low in fluoride is necessary, while children between two and five can safely use a pea-sized bit of low-fluoride toothpaste. At age six, your dentist can help you choose the right toothpaste for your child’s developing mouth.

Luckily for your children, it's likely that there are several colorful, tasty options that have the right amount of fluoride for their age. For answers to questions you may have about specific toothpaste options, contact the experts at Pediatric Dental Group today. 

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