Choosing Toothpaste for Children

Choosing toothpaste for your child

For a child under two we recommend a small infant toothbrush with just tap water. Mains water is fluoridated in Ireland and this provides enough fluoride until a toddler is old enough to spit out (usually around their second birthday).

After this age the recommendation is for a toothpaste over 1000ppm fluoride. You can check this on the label.

The label below shows the fluoride content to be 1450ppm. Always check the tube as they vary greatly. Note that the same brand can have different fluoride concentrations.


For children up to seven years of age use a smear of toothpaste:


Always supervise brushing and ensure it is spat out. Don’t rinse out afterwards.