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Things to Avoid in Toothpaste for Kids

Posted on 6/8/2020 by Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA
Things to Avoid in Toothpaste for KidsYour child may brush their teeth twice a day and spit out the toothpaste. And because they spit it out, it does not matter the type of ingredients in the toothpaste right? However, what you should know is that it does not matter whether they spit it out or not.

Dental hygiene is essential for you and your kids because it affects one's overall health. Thus, you should always check the ingredients of the toothpaste tube before handing it over to your kids.

Why you should worry about the ingredients

The mouth is undeniably one of the most absorbent parts of the human body. Certain types of medication are administered by placing them under the tongue. Therefore, even by spitting out the toothpaste, some of the ingredients will be absorbed into the body.

What's in a toothpaste?

Before we look at the ingredients that you should avoid, let us begin by looking at some of the most common ingredients that you should expect to find in any toothpaste tube. Ingredients that you should expect to find on any toothpaste include adhesives, flavors, colorings, detergents, humectants, binders, and preservatives.

Ingredients you should avoid

Artificial flavors

While there are not that toxic, artificial flavors offer no value. On the other hand, unlike artificial flavors, essential oils have a variety of benefits such as antifungal and antibacterial properties. With essential oils, you do not need artificial flavors.

Artificial sweeteners

When getting toothpaste for your child, look out for aspartame and sodium saccharin. Though artificial sweeteners are much better than sugar, when it comes to sweetening the toothpaste, your child might have issues upon swallowing it.

Other ingredients that you should avoid include microbeads, fluoride, parabens, propylene glycol, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, and titanium dioxide nanoparticles. While certain ingredients might not be harmful to your child, it's essential to ask for our opinion during your regular visits so that we may be able to advise you accordingly.
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