Top Tips For Choosing the Right Toothpaste For Your Child

SOMERVILLE, NJ, October 24, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — A toothbrush and toothpaste is something we use 365 days a year twice a day, which adds up to about 730 brushings a year! Choosing the right toothpaste is a major decision.

Why Should You Choose A Special Toothpaste?
Primary teeth (baby teeth) are holding space for the permanent teeth.Children’s mouths are constantly developing, which is why proper oral hygiene is extra important for your little one. This is also the time when the good and bad bacteria are developing. It is important to support the good bacteria during this window of time to help keep your child cavity free. With so many toothpaste options, it can be overwhelming trying to make a decision.

What To Look For
Toothpaste for kids differs from toothpaste for adults. Children’s toothpastes are generally more mild and less abrasive than adult toothpastes. From there, make sure to look for kinds of toothpaste that feature the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This seal can be seen on the packaging and indicates the toothpaste has been evaluated for safety.

Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been proven to reduce tooth decay by slowing the breakdown of enamel. The ADA recommends using toothpaste with fluoride from a young age, but it should not be swallowed. Too much fluoride can lead to a condition called fluorosis, so make sure your child is spitting out their toothpaste. If your child is too young to spit out toothpaste, you can consider using a smear layer of toothpaste. Meaning, dip your finger in toothpaste and smear it across the toothbrush. Dr. Kane can help determine the appropriate time to switch from toddler training paste to a fluoride toothpaste.

One of the most important factors to your child will be how the toothpaste tastes. While there is no right or wrong flavor, most children’s toothpaste is mild or sweet. Allowing your child to choose their own toothpaste flavor will make the experience exciting for them. Not to mention, these fun toothpaste flavors will leave your children wanting to brush more frequently and will help them create good lifelong habits.

Baby teeth will help your child achieve a number of milestones as they learn to speak and chew. On top of that, they also serve as a holding space for the permanent teeth that erupt later. Therefore, finding the right toothpaste for your child plays a large part in making sure their teeth stay healthy now and in the future.

The Children’s Dental Center offers dental care focused on prevention, healing, and remineralization in a safe and comfortable environment. Gone are the days of drill and fill dentistry! As a part of our practice family, you can expect to see friendly faces where we focus on providing positive experiences where your child will be excited to come back and visit. We strongly believe in the creation of a dental home where you can come to help keep your child cavity free.

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