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Best Toothpaste for Kids With Cavities

Brenna Stone

For kids, tooth decay is a common problem. What is the best toothpaste for kids who have cavities? To strengthen teeth, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste is the way to go. Fluoride is the natural mineral that fortifies the hard outer layer of teeth, known as the enamel, protecting against acid attacks that can cause tooth decay. Colgate offers a variety of fun-flavored toothpastes for kids of all ages to help fight cavities and keep those smiles healthy and clean.

Toothpaste as a Weapon Against Cavities

Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is a proven way to protect and strengthen developing teeth. Teeth naturally go through a demineralization and remineralization process; the germs in the mouth produce acids that can dissolve tooth enamel. Fluoride and other minerals in the saliva, like calcium and phosphate, can repair or remineralize teeth. By getting rid of plaque, which is made of bacteria, and using a kids' toothpaste with fluoride, you can target of the culprit of tooth decay (plaque and germs) and at the same time strengthen your child's teeth.

To make sure your child is getting the most out of his toothpaste, be sure he brushes his teeth for a full two minutes. Younger kids may enjoy a toothpaste like Colgate® SpongeBob™ SquarePants Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste. It has a great bubble fruit flavor and has clinically-proven cavity and enamel protection, not to mention, kids love SpongeBob!

Older children may not be as interested in cartoon characters, but they will appreciate fresh flavors like juicy watermelon and strawberry. Colgate® Kids Fruit Flavored Toothpaste acts as a cavity-fighting toothpaste and a freshening mouthwash. For your sophisticated tween, Colgate® Fresh 'N Protect™ is the perfect toothpaste. It is a fluoride toothpaste with a mild mint flavor that comes with an edgy design that older kids will love.

Other Elements for Better Oral Health

There is more you can do to help fight childhood cavities beyond brushing with the best toothpaste for kids. Flossing is also important for cavity protection. Until he is old enough, usually around age 8, floss your child's teeth for him after helping him brush with his SpongeBob toothpaste. This will help remove plaque from around the gumline and in between teeth where it is hard for a toothbrush to reach.

Schedule appointments with a pediatric dentist every six months starting at one year of age. Not only can your dentist give your child a professional cleaning and check for signs of tooth decay, he can also give him a fluoride treatment for extra cavity protection. The dentist may recommend additional mineral options like giving your child supplements or fluoridated drinking water. Be sure to ask about your child's fluoride intake at your next appointment.

A fluoride toothpaste is the best toothpaste for all kids, not only those who have cavities. Fluoride protects enamel and is crucial for making sure primary and adult teeth that have not yet erupted are healthy and strong. Whether your little one likes to brush with fun fruit flavors or a more grown-up mint toothpaste that is still cool enough for kids, Colgate offers cavity protection for all ages.

Learn more about tooth decay in the Colgate Oral Care resources.

Source: iStockphoto/Roman Gorielov

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