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Toothpaste Safety for Kids

“Call Poison Control if more than is used for brushing is swallowed.”

What should you know about toothpaste to keep your child’s smile and body healthy?

What’s the Risk?

Fluoride in high concentrations can adversely affect tooth enamel. Too much of it at once can cause stomach problems such as vomiting. Like other minerals, it does have the potential to be toxic if too much is ingested at once.

The small bodies of kids don’t need much fluoride to feel the effects. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to how much children are exposed to.

Kid-Friendly Toothpastes

Adult toothpastes contain the proper amount of fluoride to keep teeth strong. But that amount could be too much for a little body and a mouth that has trouble spitting out the toothpaste.

Until your child has mastered the habit of spitting after brushing, give them fluoride-free “training toothpaste.” This way, there won’t be any risk of them getting sick from swallowing too much of it.

If Toothpaste is Swallowed

Don’t panic! First of all, try to determine how much was actually eaten. If it seems more than a pea-sized amount (that’s all that’s needed for brushing!) was swallowed, then call Poison Control. A calcium-rich snack is often recommended to bind the fluoride in the tummy. A one-time incident should not affect your child’s tooth development.

Toothpaste is relatively harmless, but it should be treated like any other medicine or vitamin. Keep it out of the kiddos’ reach and strictly monitor how much they use when brushing.

Schedule a visit to your local dental office for more advice. Fluoride is essential for tooth health, so introduce fluoride toothpaste as soon as your dentist feels your child is ready.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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