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13/02/2013 at 11:03
Does it contain sugar? My sister refuses to use children's toothpaste on her kids as her dentist told her they contain high levels of sugar? She uses adults toothpaste which I thought was bad for kids because of the flouride levels.
Anyone know if this is true?
13/02/2013 at 11:15
We don't use it, my friends an orthodontist and said the same. Isaac has a teeny dot of adult regular tooth paste and Lucas has half a brush ful, the hv told us the same and when Isaac got his free toothbrush and toothpaste it was a small tube if adult toothpaste we got and that's what's for sake in the sure start centre
13/02/2013 at 11:16
I don't know about the sugar, I'd hope it doesn't surely that can't be true?! I agree though adult toothpaste is far to strong, I've given it to p on the odd occasion by mistake and just the look on his face implies its too harsh lol!
we use the free ones we get from the dentist. its less flouride but no flavours like the kid ones
13/02/2013 at 11:18
Cp I stand corrected, that's disgusting then. Surely it's the one product that shouldn't contain sugar!
13/02/2013 at 11:20
We don't use kids flavoured ones, we use the Aquafresh milk teeth as that is what we were given at Sure Start. Hmmm, I may have to switch slowly to adult toothpaste. He has enough sugar with the sweets I feed him.
13/02/2013 at 11:28
We've only just switched to adult toothpaste as our dentist told us last week that there is no benefit to using the kids ones. Where we'd use a pea size amount for ourselves we are to just use a smidge for them
13/02/2013 at 11:31
I didn't know this either. F has the Colgate one for 0-3 years.
13/02/2013 at 11:34
Maybe those ones are ok then but the strawberry flavoured ones etc were what my friend was talking about
13/02/2013 at 11:46
We get kids toothpaste free up here from the hv or at nursery. It's just a mild mint
13/02/2013 at 11:59
I don't understand this. I've just done a quick search on Aquafresh toothpastes - the Milk Teeth 0-3 and the adult mild and minty one. I've compared the ingredients and the sweetner bit I think is sorbitol, which is in both toothpastes - one place higher up in the ingredients in the adult one. The adult one also contains several CI numbers whatever they are that the millk teeth one doesn't. Otherwise ingredients are very similar.
The Colgate 0-3 has sorbitol first and some of the CI numbers.
The flavoured ones are gross so I never buy them, but I'm more than happy with the Aquafresh kids ones.
Do many children really have bad teeth just from using children's toothpastes? We've always used the aquafresh ones, J is now 6 and a half and his first two teeth have just fallen out in the last week. They are all still perfectly pearly white. Is there a problem I'm missing?
13/02/2013 at 12:03
C does have the children's ones, but it's the Colgate, or Aquafresh and none of the flavoured ones - it seems a bit ridiculous to be putting sugar in toothpaste, kind of defeats the object a bit!
13/02/2013 at 12:10
We were told by the HV not to use the kiddies toothpaste and when we were given our free toothbrushes we were given adult colgate, the full size tubes too. We were told that there isn't enough floride in our water or something like that. I don't know. TBH i use a mixture of both the kiddie aquafresh ones and the adult ones depending on which mood i'm in when we're brushing our teeth. My main concern it actually getting them to brush their teeth. E is a nightmare, you either have to wrestle her and hold her mouth open or let her fake brush them herself.
13/02/2013 at 12:48
In Wales we don't have fluoride in the water so we have an initiative called 'Design to Smile' or something like that. It's basically a woman who visits schools, nurseries and playgroups and hands out toothbrushes and toothpaste amd gives advice on brushing teeth. We were told that after their second birthday, use adult toothpaste as it has a higher fluoride level which they need here in Wales. We were also told that they shouldn't rinse with water, just to spit out; this leaves plenty of toothpaste on their teeth to provide protection. The kids also all have toothbrushes at school/nursery so they can brush their teeth after lunch.
Where do you live chids? It sounds like it's the same for you.
p.s. I would be very worried if any toothpaste contained sugar - I wouldn't want them rubbing sugar on their teeth!!!! I'm going to check the ingredients tonight at home.
13/02/2013 at 14:38
Pingu, we're in Stoke on Trent. It does sounds similar to your area.
13/02/2013 at 14:52
E has used adult toothpaste for the last year or so but J uses the Colgate 0-3 toothpaste.
I don't buy the flavoured ones, I think they taste chalky and horrible.
13/02/2013 at 21:11
Some toothpastes do have a lot of sugar.
Where we are the water board do not put flouride in the water so we have to make sure the toothpaste has 1000ppm of flouride in. Some of the children's toothpaste has less than that of flouride.
13/02/2013 at 21:36
13/02/2013 at 21:40
After a quick google of 'does toothpaste contain sugar' one website suggested that having sugar in toothpaste was like buying toilet paper that already had sh1t on it! Nice thought!
14/02/2013 at 10:04
We were at the dentist this morning and I asked him about this. He said do not use adult, the fluoride will damage his adult teeth, and there's no sugar in the 0-3 paste we use, which is the aqua fresh one.
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