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.