Toothpaste/Brushing

by Tammy

I have tried almost every kind of toothpaste on the store shelf for my 6 year old son. The only kind that he will even use for a quick time is "training toothpaste" the kind without floride. The first time he completed a full dental appointment (4 months ago) he had a mouth full of cavities. What can I do to get some floride onto his teeth and/or better brushing? We have tried floride drops, floride rinse, and floride brushed on.


Is it just the floride or is it something else? Is there floride toothpaste that tastes like "training toothpaste"?

Please help.

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May 09, 2016
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brush your teeth song
by: Anonymous

My 3 year old will finally brush his teeth when we put cartoon songs on youtube about brushing teeth. He doesn't like the taste but I dnt know if its because he lives music so much but breakthrough he will brush his teeth now. Good luck xx

Mar 01, 2013
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Toothbrush
by: Olivia

My daughter had a lot of issues with the toothpaste too. She would like one of them one day and hate it the next. We introduced an electric toothbrush and the toothpaste issues seemed to settle a little. With the taste and the sensation combination, we have less fighting. She was able to pick out a "cool" toothbrush that helps with the tactile sensation and she gets to pick out 2 types of toothpaste when we go to the store. Having her be a part of the selection process gives her some sense of control over what she is dealing with. She had told me that she always feels out of control so we have tried our best to find ways to give her little control victories.

Aug 20, 2012
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toothpaste
by: Anonymous

We have options for brushing based on her threshold on that evening. She loves her vibrating toothbrush but also her Dora one too. We made it a big deal to go to the store and pick out a special one.

For the toothpaste we went through the same thing. We stuck with gel since texture is important. There was a specific taste that she was looking for. She only gets the OralB fruity one. What is neat about it is that it comes with stickers to personalize it. Again making her a part of the process made it special enough to try and similar enough to the training toothpaste that it worked. (I don't know what we will do if they take it off the shelves).

Jun 04, 2012
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toothpaste
by: Susan

I'm so glad to see others with this same problem. My son will only use the training toothpaste too. He did use older kid toothpaste for a few days but then decided against it and wanted the training toothpaste. I think he doesn't like to spit the toothpaste out. I'll have to look into some of the brands mentioned, I never considered gel vs paste, although it makes perfect sense. I prefer gel myself. Thank you all for sharing!

Jun 04, 2012
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Thanks Kali
by: Anonymous

I will give Those a try. I never thought of the toothbrush.

Jun 03, 2012
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Just an idea
by: Kali

What about the gel? That's the kind I have to use. I use AIM or colgate, but they make training toothpaste that's gel, and I used that when I was younger. One was the Spiderman Crest toothpaste and the other was the bubble gum Animal Kingdom brand. They don't have the gritty texture that a lot of toothpaste has. Also try a soft toothbrush instead of a medium or hard. If he doesn't like that and prefers the harder bristles try the medium. That might make a different. As far as mouthwash I've been picky about that too. I use the Listerine Total Care. I'm not totally sure, but I think they make a version of it for kids that isn't as intense.

May 31, 2012
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Same here!
by: Anonymous

My almost 7 YO son will also not use any toothpaste other than the training kind. He doesn't have any cavities though and the dr. said that toothpaste was fine. We give him the chewable multivitamin with fluoride tablets and we do help him brush his teeth at night so that we know it was thorough. In the morning, he does it himself. Good luck!!!

May 31, 2012
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Toothpaste
by: Tammy

Thanks Adrianne. We have tried that one too. He liked the taste but not the texture.

May 31, 2012
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For Tammy-Toothpaste
by: Adrienne

I have had success using Tom's of Maine children's silly strawberry. It has flouride. The taste and texture work well for my son. I have also had difficulty in this area. You can buy it in most stores. Good Luck!

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