Mom-Recommended Toothpaste For Kids (6 Months To 5 Years Old)

How much is too much when it comes to toothpaste for kids? Children below 3 years old should only use a smear of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice), while kids ages 3 to 6 should only have a “pea-sized amount” of toothpaste.

That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).

In a previous article on SmartParenting.com.ph, dentist Mary Lee April Roxas-Cagatin, D.M.D., recommends brushing with non-fluoridated toothpaste “once the first tooth erupts at around six months of age.”

She adds, “Babies that young don’t know how to spit it out yet. When they already know how to spit, at around age 2, you can slowly introduce them to regular toothpaste. Kiddie toothpaste only serves to jumpstart the habit of putting paste on the brush and not much else.”

Dr. Roxas-Cagatin says you can combine the regular toothpaste and the sweet toothpaste with helping your child have a smoother transition. But she stresses to give only “a smear or a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste.”

Toothpaste with fluoride does strengthen tooth enamel, helping teeth become resistant to tooth decay. But in kids whose teeth have yet to develop, ingesting more than the amount of fluoride can result in “discoloration and dental fluorosis.”

Mom-recommended toothpaste for kids

The good news is there is a lot of available toothpaste for kids. Here’s what moms on our Facebook group Smart Parenting Village recommend:

Aquafresh

© Provided by Smart Parenting Aquafresh has toothpaste per age group: Aquafresh Milk Teeth Toothpaste (6 months-2 years old) and Aquafresh Little Teeth (3-5 years old). PHOTO BY Lazada

Aquafresh had the most number of recommendations among moms on the Smart Parenting Village. P61 (50 ml), available at the GSK flagship store in Lazada here and here

Sansfluo Natural Kids

© Provided by Smart Parenting Sansfluo is fluoride-free and ideal for kids 4 years old and up. PHOTO BY Shopee

Moms say their kids love the Honey Dew Vanilla and Strawberry Creme falvors. P97 (50 ml), Shopee

Nature to Nurture Toddler Training Gel

 

© Provided by Smart Parenting Nature To Nurture Toddler Training Gel is fluoride-free and ideal for 6 months-2 years old. PHOTO BY Shopee

Nature To Nurture brand is a plant-based and non-foaming toothpaste that is safe to be swallowed. P99 (50 ml), Shopee

Colgate Baby Free 

 

© Provided by Smart Parenting Colgate Baby is ideal for 6 months to 2 years old. PHOTO BY COLGATE PALMOLIVE  

Moms like the natural flavor and this is flouride-free. P107 (50g), Shopee

Hapee Baby Infant Toothgel

 

© Provided by Smart Parenting Hapee Toothgel is ideal for 6 months to 2 years old. PHOTO BY LAZADA

Hapee Baby Infant Toothgel has a non-foaming formula. P83 (50 ml), Lazada

Research by Fatima Castillo

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