What’s the Best Toothpaste for My Child?
There are many different oral products out there and it can be hard to know which one is the best. As a parent, we know that you only want the very best for your child. Regular brushing is the first step in developing good dental health habits.
Baby teeth are essential because they help a child chew and talk. They are also important for proper jaw development, facial alignment, and spacing for adult teeth. Brushing their baby teeth can prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and remove plaque.
Not all toothpaste is created equal. In fact, most brands contain different ingredients that can help your child in different ways. The major differences is the thickness of the paste, the level or fluoride content, and the various flavors.
Although it can be helpful for your child to receive fluoride, too much can actually do harm. Adult and non-ADA approved brands of toothpaste contain harsher chemicals that can remove tooth enamel and even weaken baby teeth, therefore, it is recommended that you use children’s toothpaste only.
Use only a smear of toothpaste for brushing a child’s teeth when they are less than three years old. For ages three to six, you can use a “pea-size” amount. It is important to remember that young children do not always have the ability to brush their teeth effectively on their own, so be sure to help them. Lastly, always make sure that your child spits out excess toothpaste after brushing and does not swallow it.
We are happy to make recommendations based on your child’s teeth. Contact us today at (760) 201-4085 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for your child.