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Dentist recommends best toothpastes for children


Dr. Stu Bonnin is a pediatric dentist. The Pensacola specialist makes it a point to keep on top of all dental trends that affect his patents.

"I went to a very popular store in town the other day and counted over 125 different types of toothpaste," he said.

Bonnin said the sheer volume and options surprised him, especially the wide price range.

"It was all the way from 89 cents to $13.99," Bonnin said.

Bonnin urges parents to pay no attention to price or packaging, but instead focus on two details when it comes to picking a good toothpaste for tiny teeth.

First, make sure it has the American Dental Association Seal of Approval (ADA). If a paste bears that then it contains fluoride.

"If you look at the active ingredient in toothpaste, it's always the fluoride that's the active ingredient," he shared.

Different companies do use different kinds and amount of fluoride, but if the product bears that crucial A.D.A Seal, it meets the optimal levels for use in the U.S.

Bonnin does not recommend "training toothpaste" for babies. He said they are very sweet and that little ones tend to swallow the product, often leading to an unwanted, long-term dental habit.

"You can use fluoride toothpaste on infants when they get their first teeth," he expanded.

According to Bonnin, it is safe for children to use adult formulas, but he said his patients often complain they're too "spicy and minty" for most young ones. He said allowing them to choose the flavor leads to more regular brushing, for longer periods.

He advised that most children can skip mouthwash unless they're in braces. He finished by saying everyone needs a new toothbrush at least every three months.

"I would do that more often if your child has a cold, or gets the flu or a stomach virus, switch out the toothbrush," Bonnin said.