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Jul
9

Which Toothpaste is Best for My Child?

Parents always want to make the best choices when it comes to their children’s health. Protecting your child’s smile is no different. Many pediatric dentists are asked what types of toothbrushes, toothpastes, or other products are best when it comes to having a healthy smile. How can a parent be sure that they’re purchasing the best toothpaste for their child?

Your dentist will recommend that young toddlers or children that cannot yet spit well should use a non-fluoridated toothpaste. That’s because you don’t want the child ingesting too much fluoride on a daily basis. Rather, they can get fluoride from the tap water that they drink. Once a child can rinse and spit well, they can bridge to using a fluoridated toothpaste.

Children do not need toothpastes that are formulated for special needs like whitening or tartar control. Stick to a basic, fluoridated toothpaste in a flavor of the child’s preference. Some children dislike brushing their teeth because of strong flavors, so pay attention to this detail. Only in rare circumstances may a child be allergic to an ingredient included in toothpastes, such as sodium laurel sulfate or a dye. Read the labels carefully if your child has known allergies.

The best toothpaste is one that the child will use regularly. They only need a pea-sized amount (for proper fluoride dosage) and should be brushing for 2 minutes at a time. Until the child can tie their own shoes, they should have an adult follow up and brush their teeth again for them. Toothpaste simply improves the effectiveness of brushing by adding ingredients that strengthen teeth. One brand will not clean teeth better than another. Rather than stressing over the brand, parents should focus on encouraging their child to brush the right way.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Mar
13

The Eruption of Your Child’s Primary Teeth

Waiting for your child’s first tooth to erupt is a milestone for every parent. Some children have their teeth pop right on through the gums, while others seem to suffer from teething symptoms for months before anything actually happens.

Common signs of teething often include:

•           Drooling

•           Fever

•           Putting things in the mouth to chew on

•           Visible raised areas of the gums

The time range for teeth to erupt can vary greatly from child-to-child, and between males and females. Generally, boys are behind girls when it comes to the time for their teeth to erupt (although this isn’t always the case.) The first teeth to erupt are usually the bottom, front, central incisors that break through anytime from age 6 months to 1 years. Teeth continue to erupt throughout the mouth, with the last set of teeth erupting being the “2 year molars”, or the 2nd set of molars that come in about a year after the other baby teeth. Not to be deceived by the name, but these molars may even erupt as late as age 30 months.

The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children see a pediatric dentist for their first check-up after their first tooth comes in, but no later than their first birthday. During these visits, not only will children become familiarized with the dental office, but they and their parents will receive important oral and dental health information, preventive therapies to reduce the risk of tooth decay, and x-rays to monitor the development and eruption of the teeth throughout the mouth. Regular check-ups every six months help to catch cavities while they are as small as possible (primary tooth decay can spread very quickly), and treatments are less invasive.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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