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      05.07.2013 12:37
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      I wish colgate put the flavour on the tube!!

      I never really "got" the whole buying different toothpastes for children. Fair enough for babies who need a toothpaste with a low fluoride count (1000ppm), but in our area we don't have fluoride added to our water (as some areas do) so our health visitors recommend adult toothpaste with at least 1450ppm fluoride from the age of 2 years.

      So why would I buy childrens toothpaste for my toddler and child? afterall a small tube of childrens toothpaste costs around the same as an adults large tube of toothpaste. The answer is I didn't, I won it in a competition.

      Colgate is a brand everyone (probably) has heard about, and colgate smiles is the name given to the children's range of toothbrushes and toothpaste. This review is about the colgate toothpaste for 4-6 years. This toothpaste is usually priced at £1.29 a tube (50ml) but is often on offer for around the £1 mark.

      The toothpaste comes in a box in the regular red colgate colour, with the added extra of a picture of a cat with shiny teeth; maybe a tad childish for a 4 year old?? after all 4 year olds like robots, bugs, pirates, princesses and aliens amongst other things. The fact my 18 month old daughter likes cats and thinks the tube looks great says it all really.
      The toothpaste has 1450 ppm (parts per million) of fluoride, the same as many adult toothpastes, and comes in a 50ml tube; half the size of a standard adult toothpaste tube.
      The toothpaste itself is a blue gel with little white squares.... I don't know what purpose the squares have as it doesn't say on the tube that thy do, in fact the tube doesn't say anything about squares!!!!
      The tube does however state the flavour as "mild flavour". What flavour is mild??? On reading it described as mild I would assume it was mild/mint!!! HOW WRONG I WAS.... its actually mild bubblegum/fruity type flavour. Maybe someone could explain why colgate have mint as the flavour of the 0-3 year toothpaste, and mint as the flavour of the 6+ toothpaste would they decide bubblegum is right for 4-6years???

      SO what was our experiences of using this toothpaste?? I'd say good and bad.
      It is a big bug bear of mine that children's toothpastes come in bubblegum flavour. I always try and get a mint toothpaste as their first toothpastes, as I think if they don't realise there are other flavours then they wont want other flavours. And its always my intention to get my children onto adult toothpaste as soon as possible, as recommended by our health visitor. So when I realised this was bubblegum flavour I wasn't too impressed. But waste not want not I figured it was only one tube of toothpaste after all. My son tried it and immediately looked confused. He has had mint toothpaste for 4 years so this was strange. After first use he even asked if he could use our toothpaste.
      The second day he spotted the squares and asked what they were for. I didn't know, so I told him they were probably to help clean between his teeth and make sure they were extra clean. This made him think the toothpaste was some sort of magic and soon forgot about the taste...sort of. he has kept asking when he can have a new tube of toothpaste, seems to wince when I brush his teeth and is very eager to spit out the toothpaste....this all tells me he doesn't like the taste.
      In total the tube has lasted about a month, which isn't too bad for such a small tube.

      I am so glad that I only won one tube of the 4-6 year old toothpaste, he has now moved onto the 6+ toothpaste we won and he seems a lot happier with it....it is mint after all!!!
      I aren't denying the toothpaste cleans his teeth, he went to the dentist last week and still has no cavities, so it has worked in this aspect. But I just don't like bubblegum flavoured toothpaste. I think if it weren't for the "magic" squares he may have refused to use it.

      Its a hard choice whether or not to recommend this toothpaste. If you are happy with a bubblegum flavoured toothpaste then it is great....it cleans teeth after all and has "magic" squares. But if like me you want your child to some day use adult mint toothpaste then I would not recommend buying this. I cant help thinking about my friend at high school....she insisted on using strawberry flavour toothpaste and hated mint, this was (in her words) because she had "always had strawberry toothpaste" never mint.

      As toothpastes go I suppose it isn't bad...I cleans which is what they're meant to do, and my son hasn't gained any cavities.... the only problem is the flavour (do I sound like a broken record yet??) I think 3/5 stars is fair....it loses 2 because of the flavour (sorry for rambling on about it) and because you can get an adults 100ml tube for the same price as this 50ml tube.
      I wont be buying this again, and wouldn't have bought it in the first place if I knew it was bubblegum flavoured. I also think colgate are been quite sneaky not putting the flavour on the side of the box. I was lucky I won this so didn't feel I had wasted money but how many parents buy this thinking its going to be mint flavour????

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        29.04.2013 12:26
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        Makes them want to smile

        It wasnt that long ago I was only having to brush the teeth of my 2 year old son, now fastforward 2 years, I now have the daily ritual of brushing two lots of tiny teeth morning and night. When it comes to toothbrushes and toothpast I have flipped mainly between Aquafresh, Wisdom and Colgate. The last toothpaste I bought for the kids was a Tesco own branded kids toothpaste ( bought because of the price, and the well known brands were a third more at the time! ) That one is finished now, so Colgate 0-3 years toothpaste has been purchased from my local chemist for the earth shattering amount of £1.00!

        For me its important that my children get into good oral care when young, as the whole idea of cleaning your teeth is obviously for that reason, but to keep them strong and healthy from when young and hopefully for many years to come.



        Why Colgate?

        Its one of the leading brands in regards to oral care, whether that is toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash etc for all ages, ranging from children to adults. They have a huge variety of different products that will suit everyone, they are readily available and the majority of the time can be purchased at a decent price as I tend to find them either on offer at the supermarket alot, or cheap all round in discount stores such as B & M, Home Bargains.

        They are trusted because we all have used them at some point over the years. They continously introduce new products and make something mundane slightly more interesting and fun but more importantly their products work, more specifically this one!



        How is this product packaged?

        I love the sense of fun with how this is packaged, and they realise it has to appeal to children more so than the adults. The toothpaste itself is boxed in a tall and thin cardboard box. Maninly red in colour, but with an adorable cartoon cat on the front and side. Clearly states the age range for use on this product ( 0-3 ). On one side it says how to use, along with ingredients, information and states you have 12 months to use when opened.On the other side it gives a brief view of what this product does.

        The toothpaste itself comes in a 50ml plastic tube with a screw top lid that when the end is flipped up, toothpaste can be squeezed out. The design, information, colouring etc echos on the tube what you see on the box, but obviously alittle more condensed.



        Ingredients


        Sorbitol, Aqua, Hydrated Silica, PEG 12, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cellulose Gum, Aroma, Sodium Saccharin, Polythylene, Sodium Fluoride 0.22% w/w ( 1000ppmF ), Mica, Glycerin, Limonene, CI 42090, CI 77891.



        How to use

        Children aged 0-1 toothbrush smeared with thin layer of toothpaste and teeth brushed with this once a day.
        Children aged 1-3 pea sized amount on toothbrush and teeth brushed twice a day.
        Parents supervise with the brushing, any excess toothpaste to be spat out.



        So what do I think of this product?

        Firstly, this toothpaste cleans really well on my childrens teeth.Its very mild in flavour so they dont find it overwhelming or very strong. They find the fact its light blue in colour abit of fun. I would say the texture is very gel like, so you dont feel you need to brush hard to work it into the teeth and it stays put on the toothbrush itself very well despite its consistency.

        Would I buy again? Yes. Fun packaging the kids love, cleans the teeth well, easy to use, mild in taste and cheap.Cant ask for anything morex

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        18.06.2011 19:45
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        Good product and will use for a long time

        My eldest daughter has recently turned three and loves this product! She was an early teether, had sixteen teeth by her first birthday and all her milk teeth by the time she turned two, so we have been brushing her teeth for quite a while now.

        Colgate Smiles children's toothpaste is widely available in supermarkets & other retailers. It retails for around £1 but when I purchased ours, it was available on a 3 for 2 offer in our local Tesco - good value I thought. There is 50ml of toothpaste in each soft tube & the tube stands well on it's wide flip top lid.

        We have tried other brands - for a long time she used Aquafresh Milk Teeth - which have been successful at keeping her teeth clean. However, she really likes this toothpaste. She loves the characters on the tube front - there are 3 different versions: an orange cat, a pink hippo and a blue rabbit. It does have a far more grown up 'minty' flavour and smell to it compared with other 0-3 year recommended toothpastes - I always found I could hardly smell any 'mintiness' with the Aquafresh paste. She had been known in the past to pinch our toothpaste in search of a more 'minty' flavour and smell! The toothpaste itself is a transparent blue colour with small glittery bits in it - very popular with most toddlers, especially girls and is easily squeezed from the tube. The nozzle & flip lid configuration is also less messy than the Aquafresh used to be - it would often get gummed up & need cleaning so you could effectively close the small flip lid.

        She is a very independent little girl (madam ;-) ) and does like to clean her teeth 'all by herself', however, she is often unable to open the flip top lid on this toothpaste. This is not a bad thing given how much paste she would gladly smear all over her toothbrush given the opportunity!

        In summary, Colgate Smiles isn't the cheapest children's toothpaste on the market but, as it does seem to motivate my daughter to clean her teeth twice a day without any arguement, I think it is worth every penny! I would definately recommend this product and we will be continuing to use it when our youngest daughter gets her teeth. 5 stars from me (& my daughter :-)).

        Many thanks for reading.

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        02.04.2011 21:36
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        You cant go wrong with colgate

        Colgate has been around for more than 200 years so we all know this is a brand we can trust and rely on. My daughter is 2 years old and actually enjoys brushing her teeth.
        To gain her enthusiasm after her bath I brush her teeth for her to make sure they are all clean and sparkly and then she likes to have her own turn as well so by doing this she gets one good clean by me and a hit and miss clean herself lol
        We all know how important it is keep our teeth clean and healthy and free from plaque as we all know that dentist visits can sometimes be unpleasant and particually daunting for a 2 year old.

        so colgate is always the one we use as our daughter likes it and because its so familiar to her we wouldnt think about changing.

        This particualr tube is 50ml which is orange and colour and it has a flip up lid which is also a stand up lid. there is a picture of a cat on the front with the word smiles across its teeth. This one is 0-3 years as my daughter is 2, you can also get 3-6 and 6+.
        This is for babies milk teeth.

        As soon as you baby has their first tooth it is advised to start brushing from then on. My daughter has 10 teeth and we brush every morning and evening before bed.

        on the back it is said to use a pea sized amount of toothpaste to deliver the right flouride dose for children 0-3 years. Some dentists may reccomend you to just a smear of toothpaste at this age.

        Directions of use: parents should supervise brushing twice a day to ensure children spit out after brushing to minimise swallowing and to avoid rinsing with cold water.
        Now I dont know about anyone else but I find it increasing difficult to get my daughter to spit out the toothpaste when brushing, I mean once its in her mouth she generally tries to suck it all off the brush anyway.

        This cost me about £1.50 which I think is really expensive for how small it is. Anyway when I go to use this on my daughter it opens with ease and its really easy to squeeze a small amout out onto the toothbrush. Straightaway when im brushing I can smell the minty freshness coming from my daughters mouth. Not to strong but a nice mild minty smell. I brush her teeth for 2 minutes twice a day and I find this toothpaste lathers well and a pea sized amount is sufficient enough.

        I love this product as it leaves my daughters teeth clean and shiny and looks after those all important milk teeth.
        I do find that once you get to near the end of this product its somewhat hard to squeeze the last bit out but if you kinda push the squeezybtube down onto the lid it will come out alot easier.
        This tube will last my daughter about 3 weeks or so.

        I have used this product on my older son when he was younger and he is now 9 years old and has beautifull teeth that shine. so all them years of colgate smiles has paid off.

        I would reccomend this to everyone who has little ones as I dont feel you can compromise the cleanliness of your childrens teeth and this toothpaste does the job perfectly.
        So even though I find it a little expensive I will give it 5 stars as if you shop around im sure you can find that little bit cheaper.

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        08.09.2010 10:05
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        A great children's toothpaste

        Looking after your child's teeth is the priority of any parent. After all, we don't want to put them through the horror that is fillings at the dentist, so brushing is something that you should start at a very young age. Harry has been great at brushing twice a day up until recently when he's suddenly developed a huge dislike for teeth brushing of any sort, and I was getting desperate in trying to find a toothpaste and toothbrush that he would actually be happy with. Recently though, thanks to the repackaging and change to the Colgate Smiles Toothpaste range for children has helped a great deal, and here's why!

        As I just mentioned, Colgate has recently revamped this range, and now it is made up of just 2 toothpastes, My First Smiles which is aimed at 0-3 year old children, and Colgate Smiles which is for aged 4+. The two are quite easy to identify, with the younger children's one being decorated with a cartoon animal with a huge smile, and the older one with cartoon characters that children will easily recognise. Being 4 and a half, Harry has been on the 4+ toothpaste for a while now, and he's actually happy with it, and if he's happy I'm happy too.

        The 4+ range features pictures of characters such as Spiderman and Shrek (haven't noticed the nice girly ones since I'm always hunting for all things blue and green lol!) but there are ones to suit girls as well if Spiderman isn't their thing. Harry always chooses the Shrek one and there are several different images for the children to choose from. The tube stands on its white end which makes it easy for the toothpaste to come out, and also gives it a sturdy base. The lid is a flip lid so it's easy for younger children to open themselves.. not always a good thing though I suppose!

        The toothpaste itself is a bright blue colour, and features stars throughout which are flavoured mint. I think this is a fantastic addition because I tell Harry that they are "sparkle stars" that help make his teeth shiny, and he has to brush hard to make them work, and therefore he quite enjoys brushing his teeth to make the stars work properly on his teeth! They are really noticeable in the blue gel so children will easily see them. The taste of the toothpaste is a mild mint taste, which Harry seems to like, and makes his breath nice and fresh too. I can't comment on how long it lasts because he brushes his teeth just before school and at bedtime, but he seems happy with it.

        Colgate are a widely trusted dental care brand, and they are the brand I turned to when Harry got his first teeth. We did go off the First Smiles toothpaste (which was then for 0-2's) as Harry found it too strong but they seemed to have modified the flavour to make it much more appealable to younger children thank goodness. The tube is fun and looks good on the sink with his Wall-E toothbrush, and I like that there is a range of pictures to choose from too. The price is quite reasonable at around £1.28 per tube, and this lasts around 6-8 weeks with Harry, using a small pea sized blob twice a day.

        I'd definitely recommend this toothpaste for young children. Harry is 4.5 and hasn't had a single filling or cavity yet, and with his aunt being a dentist, he's checked very regularly! The stars make the product quite child friendly and brushing teeth a fun time, and the toothpaste contains the recommended amount of fluoride for children aged 4+ when used twice a day. It is widely available in supermarkets and chemists, so you shouldn't find it hard to get hold of. One niggle though is that Colgate haven't updated the Smiles section of their website to reflect the new products which is a shame, so do be aware of the change if you want this toothbrush, don't go by the website.

        A 50ml tube costs an RRP of around £1.28, although it can often be found on offer in various shops, and I tend to stock up when that is the case!

        Thank you for reading.

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        25.05.2010 09:21
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        A product that doesn't work for us

        I do find toothpaste is one of the things I cannot bring myself to buy anything other than a branded product no matter how many positive reviews I read or how cheap they are so when my son's first tooth popped through when he was exactly nine months old I also insisted that he had branded toothpaste no matter how many Thomas or other pictures have been on the tube to lure me in. I have mostly bought my son Aqua fresh but last month spotted a tube of Colgate smiles for 99p so decided it would be a nice change for him.

        Colgate comes in two different age groups of 2-6 and 6 plus so as my son is three he had the 2-6 years old version. The difference between the toothpastes is the fluoride content but also I believe they may also be a little stronger taste to the 6+ version. It does state that it is developed with paediatric dentist

        Colgate does advice for 2-6 year olds that you use small amount of toothpaste only the equivalent size of a pea. Colgate also recommends that you introduce flossing to children when they are 4 years old. They also say that children at this age will enjoy tongue brushing however my son definitely does not as it makes him gag. I have changed my son back to aqua fresh and my son has happily brushing his teeth again once more. While I do think Colgate is a premium brand it is not a product that has worked for my son. I did however give it to a friend who has a four year old little boy who happily uses this product. I have tasted the toothpaste myself and it does have a very minty taste.

        The tube id pale green with a picture of a boy and girl on the pack which makes it unisex unlike some toothpastes which do seem to target particular genders. My son was impressed with the tube. It is a squeeze tube which will stand on its lid for easy storage.

        The toothpaste itself does look very appealing it is blue with a speckled effect through the toothpaste and expected this to be an immediate hit with my son. My son does love anything new and did brush his teeth but you could see it was a bit of a strong taste for him. As the days progressed he started wanting to brush his teeth without toothpaste or completely refused. This is not a problem I have experienced with my son so with the exception of when he has been teething and his gums have been painful.

        I would say that while a great product if your child won't brush your teeth with it then change brands. It doesn't prevent cavities if they refuse to brush their teeth with it.

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          25.04.2010 15:37
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          A great way for your kids to keep their teeth in tip top condition.

          I made the big mistake of using strawberry flavoured toothpaste when my children's teeth first started to appear. Fast forward a few years when it's time for more fluoride and strawberry flavoured toothpaste seems to vanish at this stage replaced only by tutti frutti or berry flavours which to my kids are not the same! Decided it was time for MINT!! I was dreading the transition to minty toothpaste as my daughter aged 5 is very particular about what she does and does not like but seeing her older brother try more 'grown up' toothpaste did the trick without to much ado!

          This Colgate toothpaste is suitable for ages 2-6 and comes in a soft, colourful tube with a very smiley girl and boy on it showing incredibly big, white smiles! Supervision is advised to monitor the amount they put on the toothbrush (as it is very easy for them to do themselves until you get nearer the end of the tube) and to prevent swallowing. Brushing is recommended twice a day to deliver the right amount of fluoride needed within this age group.

          The paste itself is pale blue in colour with tiny spots of dark blue in it so it almost looks like glitter glue which is clever as it is therefore very appealing to the eye of little people. The taste and smell is fairly mild (like a mild chewing gum smell and taste) and froths up well on contact with water.

          A 50 ml tube cost me £1.26 from Tesco but as only a pea size amount is needed, this lasts for a good few weeks. Touch wood, my children's teeth are healthy and pearly white (of which I am jealous) and the dentist is very happy with them at the moment. What more could you ask for?

          The tube states that this paste has been developed with paediatric dentists and therefore meets with their approval so you can rest assured that it is developmentally sound in respect of your child's needs.

          All in all, a trustworthy, caring brand for your kids.

          Thanks for reading. x
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            15.02.2010 12:31
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            Colgate for kids!

            Even simple things like choosing toothpaste can be difficult these days with so many on offer and each one claiming to be better than the rest.

            My wife and I both use the plain and simple original Colgate toothpaste, it has done us for years so why change but we were recently buying toothpaste for our grandkids when they come to stay and our heads were spinning with the choice.

            We in the end decided to wait till we had spoke to our son and daughter and find out what they used so we could buy the same, we soon found out that they both use the same for the kids, that being Colgate Smiles.

            The Colgate Smiles range comes in three age groups 0-2, 2-6 and 6 years plus, having two grandkids aged between 2 and 6 and one aged 7 we had to buy two tubes but luckily for us they were on buy one get one half price so we got the two tubes for £1.65 which seems very reasonable.

            The 2-6 range is specially designed to care for milk teeth and therefore has less fluoride than the 6 years plus one, it is also slightly less minty than the one for older kids which I think is a pretty good idea as kids can be put off by strong tastes.

            Colgate Smiles comes in very bright and attractively designed tubes which I think helps to get the kids to use them and making sure kids brush their teeth is of course very important so anything that helps get them to do so is very welcome.

            My eldest grandson who uses the over 6 years version of this said that it tasted nice and that he liked it better than what he used to use so it gets plus marks from the kids themselves and having tried it to taste it I can say that taste wise it was very nice and it worked well even on my coffee stained teeth so it must do a decent job on the kids.

            All my grandkids have very nice teeth and have had to have no work done so far so it looks like as usual Colgate is doing a good job and I would therefore be more than happy to recommend this to other parents or grandparents for their little ones teeth.

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            23.10.2009 23:07
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            Colgate's Smiles toothpaste for under 6s

            Our son is just experiencing his first loose milk tooth. It's only a matter of a few weeks now until it comes out. Each and every day, he brushes his teeth twice, carefully, with Colgate Smiles toothpaste.

            Formulated especially for kids, it comes with different target groups, with one type being for age 6 and over, and one being for up to 6 years old. The latter is the one we use, as our son is 5. It is a well presented tube, with the lid being a stand, whereby the whole thing can stand up as opposed to havign to find somewhere to lie it down. I much prefer this.

            We bought the 50ml tube of it. I am unsure if there are any different sized tubes, but I imagine there would be. The tube is green, with an appealingly colourful style of the word Colgate appearing on it. The paste itself is blue, and they recommend using a pea sized blob of it. I have used it myself, just to see what the main difference is, and it is like having a really mild minty toothpaste, much less powerful than a toothpaste that you or I are likely to use.

            They balance the right levels of fluoride to protect the teeth more. Milk teeth aren't as strong as adult teeth, as they way for our stronger, adult teeth to come through. Colgate Smiles is a ncie toothpaste to use to give the mintiness and fluoride protection to kids in a much milder way.

            Our son loves using this toothpaste, and its appeal makes his teeth brushing experience all the more an easy part of his routine. He now brushes his teeth without asking, something I don't feel he would probably do if he didn't like using the toothpaste. This 50ml tube costs around £1.26 from Tesco. I recommend it for your kids.

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              08.10.2009 16:28
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              Great for children and adults to

              As you will agree our teeth really do need looking after. and with 2 children I am very pick when it comes to teeth. After seeing my sister how 10 fillings as a child I swore id never my children would never go through that.
              so as my Childs teeth starting coming through out came the toothpaste.

              Both boys now over t age of 2 I need to get a tooth paste that knew would work and be gentle on the children teeth.

              saw "Smile" by Colgate while walking round Tesco, AS you know Colgate are a big leading company for tooth paste, mouth wash, and tooth brushes

              Some of the products by Colgate
              * Colgate total care
              * Colgate Oxygen
              * Colgate Sensitive Fresh Stripe
              * Colgate Sensitive Plus Whitening
              * Colgate Sensitive Multi

              Smile tooth paste is Made for children's teeth in to ages you have 2 to 6 years and 6 years +.
              2-6 years is low Fluoride tooth paste and 6 years plus is higher fluoride.

              Smile for 2-6 years old is a Bright lime green squeeze tube 50ml.
              All the product information is written on the back.
              On the front there is the Colgate logo and two cartoon charities.
              Smile is written in big dark green text.

              When you open the lid there is a mild minty smell nothing over powering.
              an they is a clear gel (slight blue tinge) they is small tiny blue bits in the gel and has a shimmer to it as well.

              Now to taste it has a very light minty taste (I have cleaned my teeth with his a few times) nothing to strong. I think anything to strong would make children not want to use it.

              its leaves a mild fresh taste in the mouth that dose not last to long and not to strong.
              leave children teeth nice and clean and I can brush my children's teeth knowing they teeth are being looked after.
              Knowing I am using such great name tooth paste that cares for teeth young and old.

              Would highly recommend this for children's teeth.

              5/5

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              15.08.2009 00:58
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              on par with other well known brands- would definitely buy again.

              I got this toothpaste because I have always liked using mint flavoured ones for my little boy as I think thats what toothpaste should be! you dont really get tuti fruity toothpaste for adults do you?!

              This one seemed ideal as it was his age range, 2-6 and the flavour was mild mint. The price was £1.26 for 50ml from Sainsburys and that seemed average for a well known brand.

              It was reassuring to see on the front of the packet that it was developed with paediatric dentists and had a lower fluoride content.

              My little boy is very independent and likes to do everything himself so after I clean his teeth he has a turn and the design of the tube is child friendly, flip lip on a squeezy tube that has bright cartoon pictures on it.

              He has never had any complaints with the taste/texture etc.

              The toothpaste is blue in colour and almost looks a little glittery but once it foams up it is white. I have also discovered if it gets on clothes it is also white! (comes out easily in the wash though!)

              On the back of the tube it gives directions and reccomendations but these are all common sense things, brush twice a day using a pea size amount, supervise children etc. It also highlights that its actually clinically proven to protect against cavities.

              I would definitely buy this again, I only ever really buy well known brands for toothpaste (I dont know why!) and although its not neccesarily better, Colgate smiles is just as good as any of the others I have had.

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                09.07.2009 16:21
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                a grat kids toothpaste

                Colgate Smiles toothpaste.......


                Jack is now 2 years old and I have been brushing his teeth regularly since they first popped up at around 10 months. However I have only recently changed to using this toothpaste as the age range on it if from 2 years to 6 years of age so I couldn't have really been using this for Jack any sooner than now.

                The bonus of buying this toothpaste in the last few weeks is that Tesco have had around 20pence off the price so it has been selling for £1 a price that I find rather good seeing as a whole tube does last a good month or so.

                Jack brushes his teeth morning and evening and loves using this toothpaste. One reason for him liking it so much is the fact that on the packaging it has pictures of Shrek and other characters from the film. Jack hasn't seen the film but he does like to look at the tube.

                Another reason he is always so keen to brush his teeth is that the Smiles toothpaste itself is rather sparkly with glitter and I had originally told him that his teeth sparkled when he brushed his teeth with this special toothpaste. So since the very first use of this toothpaste he has literally begged to brush his teeth as he demands "Sparkly Teeth".

                Of course the glitter doesn't actually stay on his teeth but he likes to think it does (with a little encouragement from me). The toothpaste itself looks like a translucent blue colour with the glittery pieces held within. It smells as you would expect toothpaste to smell, very fresh and minty. I have tasted the Smiles toothpaste myself and find it to be rather mild in comparison to some toothpaste I myself use but again this you would expect seeing as it is a young children's toothpaste.

                Overall I am very satisfied with this Colgate Smiles Toothpaste. It is a good price for the amount you get. It is able to draw children in with the sparkles and the product packaging. It cleans the teeth well leaving a nice minty fresh smelling breath. I can't see what more could be wanted out of a children's toothpaste.

                I think a top class product worth a five star rating and a high recommendation. I do think I will stock up whilst they have this money off in Tesco.

                Many thanks for reading

                I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you

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                  01.11.2008 17:11
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                  Great products, excellent value. A real must have.

                  My daughter hates it when it comes to brushing her teeth and hates it even more if you try to brush them for her!! I have tried many different toothpaste's to try and make brushing her teeth easier. And after getting through many differnt brands, we have finally found one that she likes - Colgate Smiles Childrens Toothpaste. Which is around 70p for a 50ml tube.

                  My daughter really likes the way this tastes, so brushing her teeth has become alot easier now. If she has to use another brand she isnt happy, as she says that all other toothpaste's taste horrible now.

                  They have different toothpaste for different stages. They range from 0-2yr, 2-6yrs and 6yrs+. We are now using the ones for grown up teeth, as my daughter has started to get her grown up teeth.

                  This really is a must have toothpaste for any children. Great taste and in my experience with my daughter a nice taste.

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                  15.08.2008 21:45
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                  This toothpaste is star-kly not sparkly!

                  Having got sick of battles at bedtime and constant complaints from my oldest son that he doesn't like his toothpaste because it was too minty, too fruity or too fizzy (!), I set out on a mission to find a toothpaste that he'd actually agree to use!

                  Whilst all parents want to find a toothpaste that's going to keep the kids' teeth pearly white, it's no use if they won't actually get in on their brush! Luckily, I did find a particular variety in Boots that I thought would catch his attention.

                  I saw a variety of the Colgate Smiles children's toothpaste range with Shrek pictures on it. It's one of the Higher Fluoride varieties so recommended for children aged 6 years and over, as their adult teeth start to come in and they need extra flouride.

                  I'm not a dentist so I'm not going to bore you with a description of how important flouride is for kids' teeth. (You probably know as much as me, unless you're a dentist in which case I hope you know a great deal more!) I won't go into any details about Colgate either. Everybody knows it's a reputable brand so I felt reassured that this particular toothpaste was part of the Colgate brand, even if it was the cute Shrek pictures that caught my eye!

                  Anyway - the crucial point is whether my son could be persuaded to actually clean his teeth with the stuff - after I'd parted with 99p for a 50ml tube at Boots. Success!! He loved it! The Shrek picture got him interested and then we all had a surprise when he actually squeezed it onto his toothbrush....The toothpaste has tiny perfect little stars within it!

                  I was totally surprised as it wasn't clear from the packaging that the toothpaste was anything out of the ordinary. I had to scrutinise the small-print on the back of the tube to read "cool mint taste with star-shaped mint strips."

                  It's certainly the most novel kids' toothpaste that I've ever come across. My son's verdict? He loves the taste. (Not too minty or too strong. It's just right!) The best bit was when my son's face lit up when he saw the tiny little stars in his toothpaste and he said "It's star-kly!!" Now that's a word that should definitely be in the dictionary!

                  He now brushes his teeth morning and night without the constant nagging! Success!

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                    11.07.2008 21:00
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                    Toothpaste for children aged 6 years plus

                    Colgate smiles

                    Although Little Miss has no problems with teeth cleaning, and would probably use any products, I still feel drawn to these kind of novelty tooth pastes and like to buy products which are age specific.

                    WHAT IT THIS?

                    The one I am reviewing is Colgate smiles 6+.

                    This toothpaste has been made for children age 6 years plus, and is specifically developed for permanent teeth (and presumably the gums and milk teeth). It claims to deliver the correct amount of fluoride and states that it will protect cavities by gently cleaning the teeth.

                    PRODUCT AND PACKAGING

                    The TOOTHPASTE comes in a smaller than is usual plastic squeezy tube. The toothpaste tube itself has a large jolly picture of Shrek on the front and some information and instructions for use on the back. The tube itself is chunky and easy for small hands to hold and manipulate, and the lift up lid means that young children won't have to worry about holding the top of the toothpaste whilst cleaning their teeth.

                    Flip up the lid and when we give it a squeeze, the toothpaste comes out - this is the bit we like! The toothpaste itself is a sort of turquoise colour and when it is pput onto the toothbrush, we notice that there are little white stars scattered intermittently in the toothpaste. When cleaning teeth, the toothpaste is minty but not overly strong, which is good because if it had a strong mint taste and an obvious after taste, I can feel refusal. The stars themselves although they look as though they are solid objects, can't be felt at all when cleaning teeth. I have no idea what they are but they just kind of blend in with the toothpaste and are not abrasive or noticeable at all. They do however give a fun aspect to the toothpaste which is no bad thing especially if children are less than keen on teeth cleaning.

                    USING THE TOOTHPASTE

                    The toothpaste should be used just as any normal toothpaste with brief instructions for cleaning on the back and a recommendation that teeth are cleaned twice a day. I find that if Little Miss reads it then it must be right, so I am pleased that this is clearly stated on the back of the tube.

                    PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

                    This is widely available in supermarkets and chemists and costing around the 80p mark is excellent value

                    MADE BY
                    Colgate-Palmolive
                    Guildford
                    GU2 8JZ
                    www.colgate.co.uk.

                    There is lots of information about the products and dental care in general on the website

                    OTHER PRODUCTS IN THE RANGE

                    Colgate makes toothpastes for children of different ages, all presumably with different amounts of fluoride. There are toothpastes for children age 0-2, 2-6 and 6+ as well as toothbrushes and mouthwashes.

                    VERDICT

                    A great toothpaste for children. The toothpaste tube itself is easy to hold and I like the fact that there is no top to take off and try to manipulate whilst cleaninig teeth. The toothpaste is nice and minty without being too strong and the stars are a real bonus because although I don't know what they actually do, the fact that they are a novelty appeals to Little Miss.
                    For a toothpaste you can trust for little ones, I would recommend this one.

                    Thanks for reading.

                    Daniela xx

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