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How to Teach Children to Avoid Eating Toothpaste


Posted on 2/10/2017 by Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Office
A little girl playing with a tube of toothpaste; and a toothbrush.
Do you help your child brush each morning and again each night, only to struggle with them trying to eat and swallow the toothpaste? If so, then know that you are not alone. Many parents have that same struggle.

There are a few things that parents can do to help teach their young children to not eat toothpaste. Just make sure you are using a child-safe toothpaste for the times where they do end up swallowing a little bit.

Tips to Make Swallowing Toothpaste a Little Less Frequent


First, make sure that you explain to your child that it could make them not feel good. Your child won't necessarily get sick unless they eat a lot, but if you tell them it could happen, it often dissuades them.

Second, if they like the current toothpaste flavor you have, try switching to a new flavor that isn't as appetizing. Sometimes switching to a cinnamon or minty flavor can help stop this behavior.

Third, use less toothpaste. Instead of putting a dot on the toothbrush, try smearing the toothpaste across the bristles. This way, there is no large glob for your child to suck off and swallow. You can still get an effective clean with a smaller bit of toothpaste.

However, if this becomes a struggle for you, then do the brushing in two groups. Put a small smear on for the upper arch of teeth, then rinse the toothbrush and put another small smear on for the lower arch.

If you need more help dissuading your child from eating toothpaste, talk with your child's dentist. They have lots of tips that can make the process easier on you, and less stressful for your child. Contact our office today if you have any questions about your child's oral health.

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Pediatric Dentistry & Endodontics


453 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945-7224


Pediatric Dentistry: Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS

Endodontics Dentistry: Steve Murphy, DMD


Email: larobinsondds@att.net
Tel: (530)272-5522
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