Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste
You’ll find two types of toothpaste for kids: those that contain fluoride and those that don’t. Before your child is able to spit, it’s important to brush her teeth with baby toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride to avoid fluoride poisoning if swallowed. Too much fluoride while your child’s teeth are developing can cause problems with her tooth enamel. (However it’s important to make sure your child is getting some fluoride, which is in public drinking water in most areas of the United States).
If you’re using toothpaste with fluoride, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends putting a smear of toothpaste on the brush for children under age two. After age two, use just a pea-size amount and tell your child to spit after brushing.
Tom’s of Maine sells both fluoride-free and fluoride toothpaste for kids, and the company’s products are made with natural ingredients. The fluoride-free toothpaste comes in silly strawberry and the fluoride toothpaste comes in silly strawberry and orange mango. Both cost $3.99 a tube at www.tomsofmainestore.com. You can also find the toothpaste at Target, Drugstore.com, Amazon.com, CVS, and Walgreens.