Should children be using an adult toothbrush and toothpaste?
Some people do not like the idea of having to buy different toothpaste for their child so will let them use the adult one, but this is not recommended as adult tooth aste contains higher levels of fluoride which can be dangerous is swallowed. As children are more likely to swallow toothpaste a lower fluoride one is best. Some children will be told to use a higher fluoride toothpaste if they are at risk of cavities but this should always be discussed with your dentist. Often children do not like the strong minty taste that many adult toothpastes have, whereas children’s toothpaste often comes in fruity or mild flavours and foam up a lot less. This will make brushing teeth a more pleasant experience.
Up until the age of six, you should still be helping your child brush their teeth as they may be able to have a go but will probably not be able to reach all the teeth they need to and brush them properly. You can take it in turns with them letting them have a go and then you have a go. This will allow them to learn what they need to do. Sometimes getting a timer is a good idea as they may not be able to realise when they have been brushing for two minutes.