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Can You Choose Children’s Toothpaste?

“If you tell your parents to choose 1000 ppm fluoride toothpaste, they may not be able to choose it. Why don’t you just tell him which brands of toothpaste to buy! ”

In fact, this passage is a little intimidating. I’ve been hesitant to discuss which brand of toothpaste should be publicly discussed. I always think that it’s suspected of advertising to say good words about others, and that it’s not good to say bad things about others, and it’s also suspected of blocking people’s financial path. Therefore, the toothpaste brands in the previous articles on toothpaste are covered by the main specifications.

First look at the fluorine content

Although fluorine is also controversial in strict terms, up to now, fluorine is still a good, easy-to-use and cheap thing in stomatology, so the selection of toothpaste is still based on fluorine content.

Many children’s toothpastes advertised as edible may not contain fluorine. In order to let children swallow but lose the protective effect of fluorine, I feel it’s a pity.

When looking at the toothpaste label, pay attention to the meaning of “F”, “fluoride” and “fipron”. Units are usually expressed in ppm. According to the international standard, 1000 ppm fluorine can be used regardless of age.

It is worth mentioning that there are differences in the legal provisions of different countries. For example, the Japanese government stipulates that the fluoride content of children’s toothpaste without foaming agent shall not exceed 500 ppm. In Japan, the Ministry of health, labor and welfare suggested that children under five years old should use toothpaste with fluoride content of 1000 ppm in foaming form and 500 ppm in toothpaste without foaming agent.

After reading the fluorine content, what else should we pay attention to?

Before answering this question, let’s take a look at the ingredients of toothpastes and outer packages on the market.

  1. Fluoride, rubber powder, foaming agent, fruit flavor, glycerin.
  2. Fluorine, hexanol and silica gel.
  3. Glycosyl trehalose, xylitol, sodium fluoride.
  4. Fluorine, sorbitol, calcium glycerophosphate, vitamin E, abrasives, etc.
  5. Shuacidin: sodium fluoride.

There’s no problem with the sugar in the toothpaste

And parents often ask, “doctor, my children like to use strawberry toothpaste. Is it sweet and easy to get cavities?”? “Glycosyl trehalose, sorbitol, xylitol, and some spices will make the toothpaste a little sweet and make children prefer to brush their teeth with toothpaste.

However, these “sugars” are low in tooth decay and even have the effect of preventing tooth decay. Parents do not need to worry that the more children brush their teeth with toothpaste, the more likely they are to decay. These sugars and sweets will not let children decay.

So if there are xylitol, sorbitol and glycosyl trehalose in it, they all have bonus effect on preventing tooth decay, rather than helping more and more. So it’s OK for toothpaste to have these “sugars”!

Small quantity has little effect

In general, it’s almost the same when choosing toothpaste. However, some parents may still worry about other additives in toothpaste, such as abrasives, foaming agents, triclosan, and so on. What’s the impact? Or some manufacturers say that they have added any patent anti cavity formula, will it be better?

I think that whether a thing is safe or not, in addition to its nature, how much it is used is also a key point. With the current recommendation that only the size of rice grains be used under 3 years old, the use of children’s toothpaste will not be dangerous. The focus of oral cleaning is not toothpaste, but brushing, flossing and eating habits.

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