Many parents—in fact, we might even say most parents—struggle to encourage their children to brush their teeth. Even though daily brushing is essential to preventing cavities and tooth decay, to kids who aren’t great with long-term thinking, it’s just a boring chore with no immediate pay-off. One way to make tooth brushing time more fun is to introduce a unique flavored toothpaste. From bacon, to marshmallow, to lemon, the internet is chock full of unique toothpaste flavors that can make brushing more exciting and fun.
Before we continue, we’d like to address the biggest drawback of flavored toothpastes, which is that they usually do not contain fluoride. Fluoride, one of the only natural minerals that can strengthen tooth enamel, is an essential component of most toothpastes. However, when making decisions about your child’s oral health, it’s important to consider that any brushing is better than no brushing at all. Fluoride-free toothpaste can be swallowed, making it a good option for toddlers who are just figuring out spitting, and it can also make it easier to establish strong oral health habits. For these reasons, we recommend using flavored toothpastes as a “starter” toothpaste, and gradually introducing healthier alternatives as your child becomes older.
With no further ado, below are some of our favorite flavored toothpaste options!
Few kids will say no to chocolate-flavored toothpaste, and in fact, we’re getting pretty excited ourselves. At $15.99, this Theodent Kids chocolate-chip toothpaste is a bit pricey, but getting your kid to love brushing their teeth? Now, that’s priceless.
Marshmallow is right up there with chocolate on the list of flavors kids love. This Woobamboo! Kid’s Pack is a great deal, with both Marshmallow and Bubble Berry flavors as well as four bamboo brushes. The products are packaged in recyclable, plant-based materials and made in the U.S.A., so you can smile bright while reducing your carbon footprint.
Most of us know that oranges and toothpaste don’t mix—but Green Beaver’s Zesty Orange is an exception. With its pretty packaging and affordable price point, this fruity toothpaste is a clean, fresh alternative to harsh mint.
“Blue Raspberry” is a flavor that only exists in artificial candies, popsicles, other frozen treats, and chewing gum. As such, the concept of a blue raspberry-flavored toothpaste is sure to excite any child. This brand by Hello Oral Care is well-reviewed and, at $6.58 a bottle, relatively affordable.
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