How to Choose a Cavity-Fighting Toothpaste for Your Child

We’ve all faced a confusing array of options in the dental care aisle. In this month’s blog, let’s consider these two cavity-fighting toothpaste options for your kiddos and determine which might be the optimal choice for their oral health.

Fluoridated toothpaste: The trusted guardian

Cavity protection:

Fluoride toothpaste is the gold standard for toothpaste. It has a known efficacy in guarding against cavities. How does it achieve this though? Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that acts as a protective barrier for teeth, strengthening enamel against acid erosion caused by bacteria.

Enamel restoration:

Beyond protection, fluoride plays a pivotal role in enamel repair by fostering remineralization. It replenishes minerals in weakened enamel, effectively addressing the early stages of tooth decay.

Established reputation:

Fluoridated toothpaste has been around for a while since it has been proven to be a reliable partner in keeping teeth healthy. Its widespread endorsement by dentists has solidified its reputation as the recommended treatment.

Hydroxyapatite toothpaste: The natural caretaker

Derived from nature:

Synthetic hydroxyapatite, which is a crucial part of dental enamel, is incorporated into toothpaste recipes. The qualities of the actual mineral are mimicked by this biomimetic material.

Enamel nurturing:

Think of toothpaste with hydroxyapatite as a caring partner for enamel. Enamel is strengthened and repaired in an effort to smooth out flaws and maybe reduce tooth sensitivity, helping to rejuvenate your teeth. 

Fluoride-free alternative: 

A desirable substitute that offers freedom from fluoride while preserving dental health is hydroxyapatite toothpaste, which appeals to people looking for fluoride-free options or who are worried about consuming fluoride.

Comparative review:

Cavity prevention: While toothpaste containing hydroxyapatite is good at repairing enamel, it is still relatively new in the field of cavity prevention. Fluoride toothpaste has a strong track record in this regard.

Enamel strengthening: 

Both versions seek to support the health of the enamel, but they do so in different ways. While toothpaste containing hydroxyapatite adds synthetic hydroxyapatite to strengthen enamel, fluoride toothpaste uses fluoride for remineralization.

Fluoride consideration:

An important differentiation can be made between fluoride and fluoride-free options. For individuals who are hesitant about consuming fluoride, hydroxyapatite toothpaste is a viable option, even though fluoride toothpaste is supported by substantial research.
Personal preference:

The best toothpaste to use ultimately depends on a person’s unique must haves, including sensitivity, requirements for maintaining good dental health, and personal preferences such as taste, or natural ingredients.
Balancing fluoride in your routine:

One last thing before we go… 

Fluoride is a mineral found in toothpaste that acts as a kind of cavity defender. It is wise to evaluate your intake of fluoride, particularly shedding light on non-fluoridated communities along the South Shore such as Braintree. It is also important to consider your child’s daily fluoride intake and the sources of fluoride. Are they getting an adequate daily supply of fluoride from tap water, toothpaste, mouth rinses, and diet? 

The CDC’s My Water’s Fluoride tool provides information about the fluoride level in your water. It’s critical to keep your child’s fluoride consumption balanced. Dr. Anderson and her Sprout Kids Dentistry Team follow the guidelines outlined in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Policy on Use of Fluoride Dr. Anderson’s preferred toothpaste selections for every need

  • Trusted Household Choice: Opt for the reliability of Crest, Colgate, or Tom’s of Maine for consistent dental care.
  • Hydroxyapatite Enriched: Experience advanced enamel repair with Risewell, a leader in hydroxyapatite technology.
  • Focus on Pure Ingredients: Choose Twice for a toothpaste that emphasizes clean, health-conscious ingredients.
  • Flavorful Dental Experience: Try the unique and enjoyable flavors of Tom’s of Maine, making brushing a treat.
  • Comfort for Sensitive Teeth: Trust Sensodyne for gentle and effective care in managing tooth sensitivity.

Whether you prefer the all-natural benefits of hydroxyapatite or the tried-and-true effectiveness of fluoride, the end result is always the same: maintaining the integrity and brightness of your child’s teeth. 

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Remember, your child’s smile is our success! Feel free to reach out to us with any queries or for further information. All of us at Sprout Kids Dentistry look forward to maintaining the oral health of our little ones in Quincy, MA. Fill out an online contact form to schedule an appointment today.

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About Fluoride for Kids

Whether your little one is well on their way through grade school, or they’re just starting their weaning journey, we’ve got the perfect guide for you when it comes to fluoride use. Fluoride is a critical component in oral health and preventing cavities in children and adults alike. Here’s what to know about it and why it’s an extremely important part of their oral care at Sprout Kids Dentistry.

Why Do Children Need Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in our bodies (and the environment). It’s essential for dental health because it helps your child’s teeth form and reverses the earliest stage of tooth decay – it also controls the amount of bacteria in our mouths. It plays a critical role in your child’s oral health and development, meaning it can also set them up for good oral health later in life.

Is Fluoridated Water Safe?

In 1945, a landmark study found that water fluoridation significantly reduced the rate of tooth decay in children. Since this study, more than 90% of local municipalities have fluoridated their water to protect their residents against tooth decay. If you have questions about the safety of fluoridated water and its impact on your child’s health, you should make sure to talk with your pediatric dentist about your concerns.

When to Start Using Fluoride Toothpaste?

Pediatric dentists recommend that parents start brushing their child’s teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste starting at age 1 – or once their first tooth erupts.

What If Our Water Is Not Fluoridated? What Can We Do?

If your community doesn’t fluoridate its water, you can always find a toothpaste that contains fluoride. It’s a great way to ensure your child is getting the protection they need against tooth decay while also instilling good brushing habits when they’re young.

Fluoride Varnish

Having a fluoride varnish placed by your pediatric dentist can be an easy, convenient way to help your child get the benefits of fluoride. Not only does it help prevent tooth decay, but it can also smooth out rough patches of enamel that sometimes show up at the beginning of teething. Your pediatric dentist can apply this treatment during a quick, in-office appointment.


Make sure you’re providing your children with adequate fluoride levels and partnering with an experienced pediatric dentist. To help your child get the most out of their oral health, contact our Quincy office by calling or filling out our online contact form.

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