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Sep
14

Selecting the Best Toothpaste for Your Child

As a parent, you want the very best for your child. The healthiest food, the best education, quality family time…and a healthy smile! One of the most common questions that parents have for their child’s dentist is “which toothpaste should my child be using?”

Many pediatric dentists recommend that the first toothpaste that all children should use is one that is non-fluoridated. That’s right! Your child receives very small dosages of fluoride through your municipal water supply, If they use a fluoridated toothpaste before they know how to rinse or spit well, then they will ingest more than the recommended amount. For very young children, simply brushing with tap water is adequate enough, or you can offer them children’s “training toothpaste” to help them practice spitting into the sink.

As children reach age 2 or 3 and are able to begin rinsing and spitting into the sink, you’ll want to use a fluoridated toothpaste to provide extra minerals directly to the teeth. This will encourage stronger enamel that is more resistant to tooth decay. Check the labels for a toothpaste that is ADA approved.

Remember to continue helping your child brush their teeth until they’re old enough to tie their own shoes. Even if they seem to be brushing well, they can be missing plaque deposits on their teeth that cause cavities and white spots. Once your child has better dexterity, you can help them less and less. Another important note is that no matter how great of a tooth brusher your child is, brushing won’t clean between their teeth…so don’t forget the floss!

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

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