Dental Tips Blog

Dec
28

Kids and Toothpaste: Choosing the Right Type

Turning down the oral care isle at the supermarket can make you feel overwhelmed. Unless you and your child have a favorite type of toothpaste, you may catch yourself choosing a different one every single time. However, selecting the right toothpaste should involve a little more thought than that – especially for your child.

Here’s what you should keep in mind:

Your Child’s Age

How old is your child? If he or she is still a toddler, they may not quite yet know how to rinse and spit after brushing their teeth. That could mean accidentally swallowing a little bit of toothpaste each time you help them brush their teeth. For this reason, you should stick with a “training” toothpaste that is free of ingredients that might cause an upset stomach.

Fluoride

Fluoridated toothpastes encourage healthy tooth enamel and help your child’s smile repel cavities. Unfortunately, not all toothpastes contain fluoride. After your child learns how to rinse efficiently, he or she should bridge to a fluoridated toothpaste to help reduce their risk of tooth decay. Only a small amount is needed, so don’t get too carried away! A pea-sized amount is adequate.

Special Formulas

If your child or teen has bridged over to using  “adult” toothpastes, be sure to read the label. Many brands of toothpaste now focus on whitening. In fact, it can be a bit difficult to find toothpaste that isn’t for whitening, even if it is formulated for sensitivity. The problem with whitening toothpaste is that it can make your child’s teeth very sensitive. Especially because children’s teeth have exceptionally large nerves. Be sure to read the label, first!

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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