Like most items that are available for consumers there are usually many varieties of the same thing to meet the varying needs and requirements of those who are making the purchase. In some cases the different options they offer for that one product type are actually different enough to justify them having so many varieties and price points in the first place. In other situations, the opposite is true.
A lot of times products that are marketed toward a particular demographic (ex: children, people planning a wedding, etc.) come with a larger price tag than would exist for a general consumer of a similar item. Toothpaste is one of those items. “Parents are paying more than they need to by buying children’s toothpaste when the standard product is actually just as effective. It has been revealed that toothpaste marketed at children is double the price of ordinary toothpaste, even though it contains the same amount of fluoride. It is quite safe to use adult toothpaste on even the youngest children, provided you only smear a small amount. Parents often want to buy the children’s version as they falsely believe that it has less fluoride and is safer. Children’s toothpaste, such as the strawberry ice cream flavour, is supposed to allure children into brushing their teeth regularly. However, experts are concerned that children may be tempted to eat the toothpaste. Children who eat too much tooth paste can also suffer from stomach cramps, sickness and other complications.”
This means that the whole family can share the same tube of toothpaste, but that the amount that a child uses should be reduced. For the best practices to promote optimal dental health for your child consult with your Ottawa dentist.