WHICH ARE THE GOOD TOOTHPASTE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEAR OLD IN INDIA?
Ideal requirements of children’s toothpaste –
Toothpastes are like a double edged sword! Use them wrong and they will harm you.
3.Low Fluoride or Non Fluoride-containing
Abrasive nature –
Milk teeth have thinner and softer enamel compared to permanent teeth. A toothpaste with higher abrasive content can easily strip away enamel. (a single use doesn’t harm. The damage is cumulative over a period of time).
Foaming action –
While detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate are used in toothpastes to act as a surfactant to remove surface stains, it is not recommended in children less than 6 who do not yet know how to spit. They tend to swallow. (Again the damage is cumulative over a period of time).
Floride content –
Adult pastes usually have sodium fluoride at a floride concentration at 1100 ppm (parts per million), the recommended concentration for child formulations is less than 550 ppm. Newer research recommend even lower concentration of less than 250 ppm.
One of the most important, but least discussed aspect of a toothpaste for children is its flavour! Companies in india like Colgate design toothpastes in various attractive flavour like bubblegum and mixed fruit!! I as an adult find them irresistible to eat!! Ideally children’s toothpastes should be non flavored to discourage children from swallowing! As a pediatric dentist, I recommend ToothMin from Abott as it satisfies the above criteria. It also has a formulation that prevents cavities and repairs daily damage.Whichever paste you use for children, use only a small quantity. For children less than 3 years of age, use a ‘SMEAR SIZE’ about the size of one long grain of rice. For kids above 3, use a SMALL PEA SIZED quantity!