Best Toothpaste in India for Kids
Dental hygiene is one of the biggest worries of every new mom.
When my son was about 2, he started getting blackish stains on his teeth as a result of having cow’s milk before sleep. It was of course worrisome. On the one hand, you are concerned about your baby’s dental health and on the other hand you really feel embarrassed when your relatives and strangers remark on it.
A trip to dentist helped calm down our concern of our son’s dental hygiene. He didn’t have cavities. His teeth were overall strong. The stains can either be removed by cleaning (not recommended due to his small age) or by thorough brushing. The doctor recommended Pediflor toothpaste and it did make a difference. (All though when I think about it, I am still uncertain whether it is the toothpaste or the religious brushing that helped.)
During those days, I did a lot of research, checked with my other mommy friends and asked a few dentist friends for recommendation on best tooth paste for kids, which I have used for forming this list.
Note- Something you have to particularly note is to never give adult toothpaste or toothpaste that contains fluoride to kids below the age of 2 years. You might have heard/read that adult toothpaste helps remove stains in kid’s teeth quickly. Even if that might be true, the long-term effect is not quite desirable.
Young kids are likely to ingest the toothpaste and too much of it can cause a condition called fluorosis, which causes white spots on your child’s adult teeth. So, trying for a quick fix should absolutely be avoided in this case.
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So, now let us get on to the list.
Which Are The Best Toothpaste in India for Kids?
Best Tooth Paste For Kids
As mentioned, my son’s dentist recommended Pediflor to us. The toothpaste is available in two flavours- strawberry and green apple.
It contains 458 ppm of fluoride and 10% Xylitol as active ingredients, which is a sweetner as well as effective in fighting harmful bacteria and preventing cavities. Having used it for past 1 year, I can vouch for its efficiency in fighting cavities as my son has developed none. As for reducing stains, comparatively my son’s stains have reduced by 70-80% at least. Manufacturers also claim that the toothpaste is effective in preventing tooth decay, caries and plaque.
As it contains fluoride, it is strictly recommended to be used by children aged 2 and above.
Kidodent is yet another toothpaste that is recommended by doctors. The toothpaste is effective in preventing carries, plaque and dental cavities.
The active ingredient in it is Sodium monofluorophosphate, which is a medicated fluoride oral gel. There are no other major ingredients, thus making it one of the safer alternatives for children.
Just like Pediflor, Kidodent too has to be used only by kids aged 2 years plus as it contains fluoride in 500 ppm.
Being free of fluoride and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Mamearth is one of the options that you can use as your baby’s first toothpaste as soon as his/her first tooth sprouts.
The ingredients of Mamaearth Berry Blast Toothpaste include glycerin, hydrated silica, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Aloe Barbendesis, Lauryl Glucoside, Cellulose gum, stevia and natural strawberry flavor. Manufacturers claim it to be 100% natural and absolutely safe for the baby even if he/she swallows it.
The toothpaste is effective in reducing plaque and dental cavities. It is better to introduce the paste right from early days as some of the reviews suggest that older kids are not quite fond of its taste.
The manufacturers recommend it for children aged 0 to 5. However, after 2 years, it is better to opt for toothpaste with fluoride as it is necessary for preventing cavities.
Chicco was my son’s first toothpaste. Though he used to ingest most of his toothpaste, he never had any problem because of it. As for effectiveness, I really can’t make a personal comment about it as he never used to brush properly when he used this toothpaste.
That being said, majority of user reviews find Chicco highly satisfactory and effective in preventing cavities and decay. Smaller kids especially love its strawberry taste.
As it is free of fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and other harmful ingredients, you do not have to worry even if your baby ingests it.
Though expensive, the fact that babies love this toothpaste makes it a preferred choice amongst parents for children below the age of 2.
So, these are some of the better options available for children under the age of 5. If you have any more recommendations, do let us know in comments.