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Welcome to our big children's toothpaste test 2021. Here we present all the children's toothpastes that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

In this way, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best children's toothpaste for your child.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying children's toothpaste.




Summary

  • There is a difference between junior and children's toothpaste. The fluoride content plays the decisive role.
  • Fluoride can be toxic in large amounts. However, as long as your child does not eat the toothpaste, nothing should happen.
  • As soon as the milk teeth erupt, they need to be brushed twice a day. Toothpaste the size of a pea is enough for one brushing.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a children's toothpaste

There are many children's toothpastes on the market. In our guide, we answer basic questions about oral hygiene.

What should I look for when buying?

There is a wide range of children's and junior toothpastes available in the shops. When buying, it is important to choose the right one. If you think there is no difference between the two pastes, you are sadly mistaken.

Eine Zahnbürste mit Zahnpasta

There are different types of toothpaste for children. (Image source: pixabay.com / Steve Buissinne)

Here we explain the difference between children's toothpaste and junior toothpaste and what you need to be aware of. A children's toothpaste is more suitable for children up to 5 years old. Junior toothpaste, on the other hand, is better for children 6 years and older. The difference is mainly in the fluoride content.

The fluoride content of a children's toothpaste is about 550 ppm (0.05%). In a junior toothpaste, it can be about a third higher.

Now, why does a child over the age of 6 need more fluoride? As the permanent teeth erupt and the risk of tooth decay is increased, the higher fluoride content in toothpaste helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay.

It also strengthens the teeth and protects them against acid and bacteria. Alternatively, adult toothpaste can be used if the toothpaste contains the appropriate amount of fluoride.

Keep in mind that too much fluoride can be toxic. For children under 6 years of age, the maximum daily amount is 0.07 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

Especially children under 6 years of age tend to swallow the toothpaste. A sweet toothpaste can increase the incentive to eat the toothpaste. For this reason, children's toothpaste contains less fluoride.

How much does a tube of toothpaste cost?

A tube of children's toothpaste can be different sizes. Depending on which you choose, a travel pack or a larger one for home use, the price will be higher or lower accordingly.

Check the expiry date.

A larger tube is usually more worthwhile in terms of price. A pack of 3 or 5 is also usually cheaper than buying the toothpaste tubes individually.

However, you should always check the expiry date and assess whether the toothpaste can be used within this time.

We calculate per 100 ml and have found out that a toothpaste for children, no matter if it is children's toothpaste or junior toothpaste, with or without fluoride, costs from 1.50 Euro to 15 Euro.

Where and how can I get samples?

Before you decide on an item, you can also ask for some toothpaste samples.

  • Dentists
  • Pharmacies
  • Drugstores
  • Directly from the manufacturer

At the dentist's office, you can just ask the dentist or dental assistant. In a pharmacy or drugstore, you can ask a member of staff. If you want to go directly to the manufacturer, it's best to email the support team.

What alternatives are there to bought children's toothpaste?

If you enjoy experimenting, you can also make your own children's toothpaste. The quantities can be adapted to the child.

The flavour can also be chosen according to the child's wishes.

Decision: What types of children's toothpastes are there and which is the right one for your child?

As already mentioned, there are different types of children's toothpastes/junior toothpastes. When buying, you can choose between them:

  • Children's toothpaste/junior toothpaste with fluoride
  • Children's toothpaste/junior toothpaste without fluoride

If you don't know what fluoride is, it is the salt of hydrofluoric acid. A large amount of it is highly corrosive and toxic. This should ring alarm bells for everyone, but stop!

A toothpaste is not eaten, but spat out and rinsed out again and also used in very small quantities.

Below we would like to give you an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of such toothpastes.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a children's toothpaste with fluoride?

It has been proven that fluoride makes the teeth more resistant, protects them against acid and bacteria and promotes the re-storage of important minerals in the tooth enamel.

However, this only works 100% from a dose of 1000 ppm. In addition, children's toothpastes should not contain more than 550 ppm fluoride.

At this point you realise that the statements contradict each other. Why is there fluoride in children's toothpaste at all, if the positive properties of fluoride only begin at 1000 ppm?

There are articles about it being merely a "placebo effect". But dentists still recommend a toothpaste with fluoride for caries prophylaxis, even if the effect is not as high as with toothpaste for adults.

Advantages
  • Strengthens teeth
  • Protects against acid and bacteria
  • Promotes re-storage of important minerals in tooth enamel
Disadvantages
  • Toxic if taken in high doses
  • Tooth discolouration can occur
  • Effect only from 1000 ppm

Disadvantages such as tooth discolouration or poisoning are only to be considered if the dose is too high and taken orally, i.e. if the toothpaste is eaten in quantities.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a children's toothpaste without fluoride?

If you choose a fluoride-free children's toothpaste, you can be sure that the child will not be poisoned by the toothpaste. In addition, such pastes are usually made of natural substances and do not contain any questionable additives.

Additives of concern can be:

Additive Meaning Note
Triclosan This is an antimicrobial agent used as a preservative In large amounts, triclosan can have a negative effect on human development. Storage under sunlight is not suitable as toxic substances are produced.
Sodium lauryl sulphate This is a detergent substance used for cleansing. Sodium lauryl sulphate can be irritating to the mucous membranes and damaging to the intestinal flora if taken orally.
preservative parabens These parabens have an antimicrobial effect and are used as preservatives. Parabens may cause allergic reactions.
PEG/PEG derivatives These can be: copolyol, polyglycol and polysorbates. These substances are derived from petroleum and are used as refatting and washing substances. PEG/PEG derivatives are carcinogenic and can have a laxative effect if used in large doses.

Moreover, such children's toothpastes often contain other natural substances that are supposed to reduce the risk of caries. Nevertheless, these substances do not have the same effect as fluoride.

Advantages
  • Mostly made of natural substances, no questionable additives
  • risk of poisoning is reduced
Disadvantages
  • Caries risk is increased
  • teeth can become more sensitive

If you decide to use a children's toothpaste without fluoride, we recommend that you seek additional advice from your dentist.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate children's toothpastes

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to decide between the different children's toothpastes:

  • Ingredients
  • Age group
  • Flavour
  • Recommendation by dentists

You can find out more in the next few paragraphs.

Ingredients

The ingredients play an important role in the purchase decision. We would now like to take a closer look at them.

In the left column of this table, you will find the ingredients of a children's toothpaste that are not harmful to health. In the right column you will find an explanation.

Ingredient Explanation
Aqua Water is used to make the consistency of the toothpaste more fluid.
Hydrated Silica Silica is a natural mineral cleaning agent.
Hydroxyethylcellulose This is a thickener and binder.
Cocamidopropyl Coconut betaine is a washing-active substance.
Natural flavouring Flavouring agents are used for taste.
Sakharine This is a synthetic sweetener.
Xanthan Xanthan is a thickening agent.
Maris Sal Fine sea salt is used as an abrasive.
Kaolin White clay is a cleaning agent.

Titanium Dioxide / CI77891 and Aluminium Oxide / Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate / SLS should be used with caution as they contain high levels of RDA that could damage teeth.

This also increases the risk of cancer. Also, the toothpaste should not contain parabens and microplastics (polyethylene, polypropylene). You can find more information about this in chapter 4.2.

Children's toothpastes in different flavours such as strawberry, mint and chocolate make brushing teeth more fun.

However, care should be taken with such flavours, especially with young children, because the temptation to eat the toothpaste is great.

Gläser mit Süßigkeiten auf einem Regal

Children love sweets and also sweet toothpaste. (Image source: pixabay.com / congerdesign)

In addition, attention should also be paid to the child's intolerances, such as sorbitol intolerance, lactose intolerance and glutein intolerance. If not explicitly described on the package, the responsible seller should be contacted.

If your child eats a vegan diet, you usually have a wide choice of vegan children's toothpastes. This should be explicitly marked on the package.

It is up to you whether you choose a toothpaste with or without fluoride. You can read all the important information about this again in chapter 4.

Age group

Toothpaste for children can be divided into children's toothpaste and junior toothpaste. Children's toothpaste is intended for children up to 5 years of age and junior toothpaste for children from 6 years of age.

There is also the so-called baby toothpaste or baby toothpaste, which was developed for babies up to 2 years of age.

The names of the toothpastes are therefore decisive for the age group. In most cases, the age group is also explicitly stated on the packaging.

Kinder beim Zähneputzen

Siblings in particular like to brush their teeth together. However, if they have a large age difference, they should not use the same toothpaste. (Image source: pixabay.com / Jenny Friedrichs)

Baby toothpaste contains about the same amount of fluoride as children's toothpaste, i.e. 500 ppm. However, the manufacturers make sure that the baby toothpaste does not contain any ingredients that are potentially hazardous to health.

They also make sure that it contains as little abrasive material as possible, because tooth enamel is still very thin and sensitive.

If you are wondering when your child's teeth need to be brushed, we can answer that question for you. As soon as the first milk teeth erupt, the little creature's teeth need to be brushed.

The main difference between children's toothpaste and junior toothpaste is the fluoride content. Adult toothpaste is usually sharper than junior toothpaste and not sweet. There might also be differences in the fluoride content.

Taste

Especially when you go shopping with your child and you are choosing a new toothpaste, taste could be one of the most important buying criteria. Does your child prefer chocolate, strawberry or mint?

Children love the taste of red juicy strawberries. A strawberry-flavoured toothpaste is a favourite among children because of this. (pixabay.com / Alexas_Photos)

Just as there are different flavours and aromas, there are also unflavoured toothpastes for children. If your child tends to swallow the toothpaste, you should consider going for the tasteless children's toothpaste.

A toothpaste with a taste can motivate children to brush their teeth.

If your child is older and you cannot motivate them to brush, a toothpaste with the child's favourite flavour would be a better choice. For toddlers, it would be a good idea to observe the brushing process. Then you should know which toothpaste is best for your child.

Recommendations from dentists

If the dentist has recommended a toothpaste for your child, this would also be a reason to buy it. However, you should still read the ingredient label on the package carefully.

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When choosing the right toothpaste for children, it is advisable to consult your dentist. (pixabay.com / Free-Photos)

You can also find recommendations from dentists on some websites. Make sure it is a reputable source, read everything carefully and see if it suits your child. Not all children are the same!

Facts worth knowing about children's toothpaste

Want to learn more about children's toothpaste? In our trivia section, we present you with interesting information about dental health.

What is the right way to use children's toothpaste?

Generally, teeth should be brushed thoroughly in the morning and evening. The toothpaste does not have to cover the entire toothbrush. The size of a pea is perfectly sufficient.

Ein Kleinkind mit einer Zahnbürste

Even small children can brush their teeth themselves. However, care should be taken to ensure that they brush correctly. (pixabay.com / Jenny Friedrichs)

But what does thorough brushing mean? Dentists recommend about 3 minutes for brushing the teeth, so that all teeth, front, back, left, right, top and bottom can be massaged with the toothbrush and toothpaste.

In addition, this time allows the active ingredients of the toothpaste to develop. Finally, the toothpaste should be rinsed out.

Of course, choosing the right toothbrush is also important. You should consider the following factors:

  • Soft bristles
  • Small brush
  • No risk of injury
  • Easy to hold
  • Nice design

What happens if my child swallows the toothpaste?

If your child swallows a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, it is not a problem. However, if your child has eaten half the tube or more, it is important to take the child to the doctor.

If you are unsure, the poison control centre can help.

Half a tube of toothpaste could cause nausea and vomiting. A whole tube of toothpaste for adults, with a lot of fluoride, could even be fatal for a young child. It depends on the fluoride content and the weight of the child. If you are unsure, you can also call the poison control centre for advice.

How do I motivate my child to brush their teeth regularly?

Many children forget to brush their teeth or try to resist doing so.

With these 10 tricks and ideas, you can motivate your child to brush their teeth.

  1. Choose toothbrush and toothpaste together
  2. Brushing together with music
  3. "Sing the "children's cleaning song
  4. Read from the book while cleaning
  5. Make up games
  6. Use a timer or hourglass
  7. Be a role model
  8. Explain why brushing teeth is important
  9. Brush each other's teeth
  10. Develop routines

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