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Toothpaste for 'big' teeth that's not too minty?

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DD1 been told by dentist that now she has some big teeth she needs to use adult toothpaste. We tried one 'mild' toothpaste but she hated it, so we got Aquafresh Big Teeth in the hope that as it's designed for children it would be less strong but she hates that too. We're using the teeniest amount but she's in tears every teeth cleaning time which is not good. Anyone got any suggestions? I can't bear the 'it's toooooo miiiinty' wailing any more.

4nomore Sat 09-Mar-13 10:56:19

My son is autistic and has issues with pretty much every toothpaste except the Colgate 0-3 one. His dentist recommended Oranurse as he needs a high flouride one now (7 with lots of adult teeth through) and that is flavourless so I just add a smear of the mild baby one that he's accustomed to on top - works very well for him

Vodkapleasenurse Sat 09-Mar-13 10:51:06

I'm sure the aquafresh little teeth toothpaste contains 1450ppm fluoride so that should be fine to continue with.
As long as it has the right amount of fluoride in its fine to use.

SKss Sat 09-Mar-13 10:45:32

Hi I'm a dentist and I see a lot of children who don't like mint toothpaste. The fact is that after 6 years of age, they need an adult toothpaste so that their teeth get the correct level of fluoride to help prevent cavities. I highly recommend Oranurse 1450ppm adult toothpaste. It is completely flavour free and does not foam. It was designed for people who could not tolerate mint due to radiotherapy or dry mouth conditions but it is also suitable for general use. The problem is that you can't buy it in shops but you can get it online and from amazon. Hope this helps.

olivo Sun 25-Nov-12 17:27:26

We had the same problem moving from little teeth to big teeth. I asked the pharmacist what the difference was and he said nothing! So we have stuck with the little teeth.

The weleda did not go down well with my children. Bit aniseedy

brighthair Sat 24-Nov-12 16:46:33

I can't use mint toothpaste
So after much research grin peppa pig bubblegum has the same amount of fluoride, or I use dawood and tanner Sicilian lemon or lime
Occasionally cinnamon crest from amazon or my lovely friend in America
Mint burns my mouth, there's something in mint toothpaste that makes me feel like its on fire

Pocketmonster Sat 24-Nov-12 16:44:00

Green people and Weleda as well as Tom's of Maine do non minty grown up toothpastes that might be suitable?

Willdoitinaminute Sat 24-Nov-12 16:40:35

Mac leans have recently changed their flavouring to a lemony flavour. Worth a try.

Minimaxkids Mon 19-Nov-12 22:59:52

Mine like co op kids toothpaste.
Have no idea of fluoride content, but compared to colgate and aqua fresh, it isn't minty at all apparently.
And cheap.

sparkout Mon 19-Nov-12 18:04:44

My kids don't like Minty toothpaste but like Kingfisher Fennel flavour, you can get a flouride free or a flouride one, now sure how much is in it though

WeAllHaveWings Thu 15-Nov-12 20:21:23

ds(8) also used Sensodyne pronamel after Aquafresh little teeth as it wasnt too minty before progressing to super minty colgate.

Bluestocking Thu 15-Nov-12 20:07:45

I feel your pain, DS won't go anywhere near minty toothpaste. He uses Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry.

Ok for research purposes I bought a selection from pound land. Aqua fresh mild was declared too minty as was Colgate blue gel (I thought the blue may look sufficiently different to take her mind off mintyness but no). Colgate Smiles was rejected as it was 'too fruity', it did taste vile. She did however like the Hello Kitty strawberry one, no surprise there really smile. Will keep a look out for the pronamel one that several of you have mentioned though. All trial pastes were 1450 fluoride content by the way. Happy brushing!

picturesinthefirelight Sun 11-Nov-12 22:37:14

I remember using punch & just

I still hate minty toothpaste but just have to put up with it.

TheEnthusiasticTroll Sun 11-Nov-12 22:30:58

Sensodyn pronamel, yy. It's not to minty and its very creamy rather than foamy. Dentist recommended it for my dd due to strengthening their teeth.

ValentineWiggins Sun 11-Nov-12 22:16:42

I'm going back to kids toothpaste for my dd (6) after she threw up every where gagging on the "big teeth" toothpaste. The fluoride ppm is so similar that I have absolutely no idea (other than marketing) why they have different ages on them anyway!

smugmumofboys Sun 11-Nov-12 22:16:21

I have the same issue with DS2 who's 8. He uses one called Punch and Judy which they sell in a local chemist. It's about £1.60 for a tube.

picturesinthefirelight Sun 11-Nov-12 22:11:57

The only one ds will tolerate us the Sensodyne Pronsmel one for children. He had tooth decay so really needed to start using a better toothpaste

He used the little teeth but point blank refuses big teeth or any of the other brands.

If it makes you feel any better, both my DCs used strawberry kiddy type toothpaste until they were at least 10 for the same reason most people have given. They both have perfect teeth (DD is 25). IMO it's as much about the brushing technique as what toothpaste they use.

shallweshop Sun 11-Nov-12 21:58:33

My two were v. fussy but tolerated the Pronamel kids toothpaste and now we are on to the plain Colgate one.

treadonthecracks Sun 11-Nov-12 21:53:06

DD (7) found switching to "Big teeth" traumatic, but we pressed on and she has got used to it.

Hope you find solution.

mejon Sun 11-Nov-12 21:38:15

DD1 was the same. Now that she's 6 I thought she should be using the big teeth toothpaste but is was such a ruddy faff getting her to use it as it was too minty. Having checked, the 4-6 toothpaste she was using has as much fluoride in it as the big teeth one and only marginally less than the adult one we use (1400ppm as opposed to 1450ppm). It isn't worth the stress wink

We use this strawberry toothpaste for our minty flavour hating 5yo. Boots and Sainsburys sell it

AnnIonicIsoTronic Sun 11-Nov-12 21:35:19


I just googled the Elmex - £6.50 for 100ml shock

I can see me spending hours in the toothpaste isles in various shops reading fluoride contents like some mad woman. Then I'm going to end up buying about twenty different varieties until I find one she'll actually use aren't I?

Glad I'm not the only one though.

I promise that if we do some trials I will post results...

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