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What is Toddler Training Toothpaste and When Should Your Kids Use It?
by lawrence fung, DDS, friendly guest contributor Published: October 29, 2019
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Lawrence Fung is a dentist, entrepreneur, and one of our expert contributors here on the hello blog. After earning his DDS at the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry, Lawrence served as a General Dentist in the US Navy for four years. Since then, he’s mixed his dental credentials with his love for startups by founding SiliconBeach.Dental, a new breed of dental clinic in LA that leverages tech to make high-quality care more accessible and friendlier than ever before. When he’s not challenging the dental status quo, Lawrence reps his beloved Trojans, crushes hotdog-eating contests, and loves yodeling.
Photo: toddler brushing with hello
Whether you’re a first-time or multi-time parent of a toddler, we bet you want your little pint-sized person to have all the tools that they need to succeed in this world. And while it might not be the first thing we think of, having a healthy set of chompers is one of the many important “tools” that they’ll need throughout their development – unless as a species we move to strictly consuming green smoothies by 2025. Incorporating toddler training toothpaste into the early days of their exposure to oral care may not be something they’ll ultimately remember, but it’ll probably be something that they thank you for when they’re older. Let’s break down what this training paste is, and when and why your toddler should use it.
What is Toddler Training Toothpaste?
Toddler toothpaste is designed to give your youngster a nice early start on the brushing process. While it works to gently keep their delicate gums and new teeth clean, it also serves as a way to introduce them to the idea of brushing with paste. This “training” should hopefully make both of your lives easier in the years to come.
Toddler training paste can be applied with a toddler toothbrush or infant finger toothbrush and then gently brushed over their teeth and gums. Part of what distinguishes toddler pastes from toothpastes made for older folks is that toddler versions don’t contain any abrasive materials – they aren’t really designed to remove plaque from teeth, just glide around the inside of the mouth.
When Should My Kids Start Using It?
Toddler training toothpaste is generally appropriate for kids who are between 3 months and 2 years of age. Once they’re beginning to develop a more substantial number of teeth, it’s time to switch to a kid’s toothpaste that has some abrasivity to it. This’ll help to avoid plaque buildup. Of course, every brusher is unique, so always consult with your dentist, pediatrician, or healthcare provider before starting anything new with your bundle of joy.
Hello Toddler Training Toothpaste
Here at hello, we love kids at least as much as we love friendly ingredients – which is why we’ve designed a gentle, effective toddler training paste that’ll have your little ones grinning from ear to ear. It includes a delicious organic apple flavoring sure to get two tiny thumbs up, and we’ve left fluoride out of the recipe altogether – so in the event they swallow some paste during the brushing process, there’s nothing to fret about. We think that the happier a brusher is, the more likely they are to brush regularly. And similarly, a beaming child means a higher likelihood of a happy adult. So grab some tasty toddler toothpaste and let’s have smiles all around!