There are so many different toothpastes on the market. Which one should I get for my child?

For children under the age of six, use a junior toothpaste. This has less fluoride (400ppm) than an adult type (1000ppm). The reason for this is that children under six often can't spit out properly and tend to swallow toothpaste instead. If a young child swallows too much toothpaste, there is a chance that the new adult front teeth forming may become "mottled" or have brown stains. This is called fluorosis. Place only a smear of toothpaste on the brush and keep the tube safely out of reach. After brushing, don't rinse. Instead just ask your child to spit out. That way they are less likely to swallow any toothpaste and it keeps a protective layer of fluoride on their teeth.

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