9 out of 21 toothpastes for children who are missing

No fluoride, too little fluoride, a controversial dye: Many children’s toothpastes in the test are not well composed. Toothpaste for baby teeth must reliably protect against cavities in the teeth. You need fluoride for that. The toothpastes should also not contain titanium dioxide: this controversial dye is unnecessary. Only 3 out of 21 products in the test meet both. With our results you will find the best toothpaste for your child.

Why the kids’ toothpaste test is worth it for you

  • test results. The children’s toothpaste test from Stiftung Warentest offers quality assessments of 21 toothpastes for children up to 6 years. Brands such as Elmex, Odol-med-3, Karex and Weleda as well as products from Aldi, Lidl, Rossmann and dm are included in the test. Prices range from 60 cents to 7.90 euros per person. 100 milliliters.
  • The best baby toothpaste for you. Two products work very well. In addition to these two test winners, another baby toothpaste is good. We only rate everyone else as satisfactory or bad.
  • background and tips. In an interview, a dentist explains the consequences of cavities in children and says why parents should not look at the clock when cleaning.
  • Magazine article as PDF. After activation, you will receive the test report from test 8/2022 as a PDF for download.

Children’s toothpaste in test
Test results for 21 toothpastes for children

Children’s toothpaste: For all children up to 6 years

Anyone who becomes a mother or father can not ignore the topic of baby toothpaste: It is used from the first little tooth to the child’s 6th birthday. Children’s toothpaste contains less fluoride than adult toothpaste. Accurate dosing is to avoid fluorosis. These white enamel spots on permanent teeth are formed when young children ingest large amounts of fluoride.

Tip: Even before unlocking, you can see content from the table – for example, a list of all baby toothpastes that are included in the test.

Nine toothpastes do not meet the fluoride recommendation

Toothpaste for children should have a fluoride content of 1,000 ppm (parts per million). This uniform recommendation from pediatricians and dentists applies from 2021. However, nine products in the test do not comply. The effectiveness of fluoride against tooth decay is scientifically proven. Fluoride-free baby toothpaste, on the other hand, does not provide adequate protection against cavities in the teeth. Therefore, Stiftung Warentest rated baby toothpaste with too little or no fluoride as bad.

Titanium dioxide in baby toothpaste carefully assessed

Every other baby toothpaste in the test contains the dye titanium dioxide. The controversial ingredient will be banned in foods from August. It can damage the genetic material (details in the FAQ on titanium dioxide).

Titanium dioxide is unnecessary for the care of the teeth. As young children swallow toothpaste in whole or in part, we advise against toothpaste with the pigment of preventive consumer protection. There were 10 baby toothpastes without titanium dioxide in the test, including the two very good test winners and a good toothpaste.

The right toothpaste for school children

When the first permanent tooth erupts around the age of six, it is advisable to change toothpaste: from the extra child toothpaste to the family toothpaste. For children with permanent teeth can definitely take a universal toothpaste without zinc. But there are also special junior toothpastes. They often taste milder than adult products, but usually cost more. They are not necessary.

Video: baby toothpaste in the test

Children’s toothpaste in test
Test results for 21 toothpastes for children

Fewer controls than adult toothpaste

Young children do not yet eat or drink food that stains their teeth, such as coffee or black tea. Even bare gums are not a problem with baby teeth. Therefore, we do not check children’s toothpaste – unlike in the toothpaste test for adults – how well they can remove discoloration, nor do we determine the wear.

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