Although you might think it’s okay to use kid toothpaste, it’s not suitable for adult use. Here’s why using toothpaste made for kids can be damaging to your smile.
Why you shouldn’t use kid toothpaste
It doesn’t have the fluoride your adult teeth need
Most brands of kid toothpaste – as tasty as they are – don’t contain nearly enough fluoride when compared to adult toothpaste. They purposely formulate the stuff this way to help keep fluoride out of little tummies. Most kids swallow their toothpaste while brushing, and ingesting too much fluoride can lead to kidney problems. As adults, our teeth go through much more wear and tear than those of kids, which is why we need more fluoride for better protection.
It makes the enamel on your adult teeth susceptible to tooth decay
This is basically because there’s just not nearly enough fluoride in the kid toothpaste. If you HAVE to use the bubblegum flavoured toothpaste, make sure you follow it up with fluoride mouthwash to increase fluoride activity on your teeth.
Are there ingredients to avoid in kid toothpaste?
It’s always safer to avoid kid toothpaste brands that contain the detergent sodium lauryl sulfate. SLS is what makes the toothpaste foam, but it’s not one of the best ingredients to use. SLS can cause ulcers, known as canker sores. Be on the lookout for brands that are sulfate free. There are quite a lot of them available on the market today.
And what if you’re craving the bubblegum flavour?
If you’ve got a thing for the bubblegum flavour of most junior toothpaste brands, it’s good to know that all hope isn’t lost. There are a lot of toothpaste brands out there that vary in flavour. All you need to do is do some research and try the ones you like. Some flavour varieties are mixed with mint t help you get that clean feeling you’re really after.