What is the best toothpaste to use for a toddler?

Toothpaste - Orajel toddler toothpaste
@alexsis (2149)
United States
April 23, 2007 5:30pm CST
My daughter is 20 months old and the toothpaste I currently use is Orajel. When she first started cutting teeths I would use the gerber toothpaste and she seemed to like it. But she doesn't like the orajel, its the same flavor as the gerber. Is this brand too strong for her? What do you think is the best toothpaste to use with a toddler?
7 responses
@angel575 (66)
• United States
23 Apr 07
At first the padiatrician told me not to use any toothpaste either but to use a damp washcloth and wipe her teeth and gums clean. I also used the gerber toothpast because of the fluoride in the kids toothpaste. When I took my daughter to the dentist at 12 months the dentist switched her to a toothpaste for kids with fluoride because it protects against decay. You should just ask the pediatrician or the dentist if your child has already seen the dentist.
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@alexsis (2149)
• United States
23 Apr 07
My daughter loves to swallow the toothpaste so I use the fluoride free toothpaste since it is safe to swallow. But I think I will try wiping her teeth with a damp washcloth. Thanks!
@mickidmw (992)
• United States
23 Apr 07
The Pediatrician says to use none. Just brush them with water for now.
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@alexsis (2149)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Thanks! I will try wiping them with water.
@add_im (2712)
• Philippines
4 Jul 07
There's a tootpaste for kids, which is the 'Happy Kiddie Toothpaste' I don't know if you heard about it, but if you do try using it to your daughter and see if she will like it, it's actually a fruity flavor for kids. :-)
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• United States
3 Jul 07
Ya i was told the same thing brush them with water. but sometimes that doesnt get the smell away so i sometimes use the gerber type
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@magnet (2087)
• United States
29 May 07
Our dentist told us any toothpaste without flouride is good,but she recommended oral b and my daughter loves it.
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• Netherlands
4 May 07
My 4 years old daughter is using a toothpaste from brand called Elmex and it's neutral taste. This toothpaste is special for children andt it is flouride free since my daughter also still swallow it once in a while. I did told her everytime to spit it out but she said it taste nice....oh well....
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@lafavorito (2964)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
I use Sans Fluo toothpaste for my toddler, I'm not sure if that's available in your area. My son's pediatrician recommended that I wipe his teeth with gauze pad dipped in water & salt after brushing his teeth.
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