Dental Tips Blog

Jan
26

Is it Safe for Kids to Use Toothpaste Meant for Adults?

Using the same tube of toothpaste seems economical. But are you endangering your children if everyone in your family uses the same adult toothpaste?

Child vs. Adult Toothpaste

Kids’ toothpaste formulas tend to be milder than those geared towards adults. They’re brightly colored to appeal to children’s curious eyes and taste like bubblegum, fruit, or cotton candy.

Should Kids Have Fluoride?

Besides the taste, the other major difference between kids’ and adult toothpaste is that most adult toothpaste contains fluoride while a lot of toddler pastes do not.

This doesn’t mean that kids shouldn’t have fluoride, however. The ADA actually recommends that from the day a child’s first baby tooth arrives the parents should be brushing it with a fluoride toothpaste.

Fluoride is the key to strengthening enamel and preventing decay in people of all ages. Kids need it just as much as adults do.

Safe Fluoride Toothpaste for Children

Some adults fear that fluoride is poisonous to children. That fear has given rise to the misconception that kids shouldn’t use adult toothpaste containing fluoride.

Fluoride is safe as long as the child does not routinely swallow more than a little foam leftover from brushing. Placing no more than a smear of toothpaste on your kid’s brush will limit them to a safe amount of the mineral. Carefully monitor your child’s use of and access to fluoridated products and gradually teach them to spit out excess toothpaste.

Pediatric dentists recommend that you use a fluoride toothpaste to clean your child’s teeth, whether it’s geared towards kids or not. For your family, choose a fluoride paste with a flavor everyone enjoys and use it according to your child’s dentist’s directions.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

Feb
12

Is Your Child Ready to Start Using Toothpaste?

“The sooner the better!” according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

But what if your child swallows toothpaste? How soon is soon?

Fluoride From The First Tooth

As soon as your baby’s first tooth appears, it’s perfectly safe to start using a fluoride toothpaste. The important thing is that you’re in control of how much and how often your child is exposed to the fluoride. Use a child’s toothpaste that has a milder flavor to discourage them from swallowing it.

Fluoride is essential for developed teeth, both baby and adult ones. This mineral works by reinforcing the enamel and making it resistant to decay. The sooner your child’s teeth start getting exposure to fluoride, the better their teeth will fight off cavities.

Is It Safe For Babies To Have Fluoride?

Again, controlling the exposure is the key here. You as the parent should be brushing baby’s first teeth with a soft toothbrush and a smear of children’s fluoride toothpaste. This means just enough to get on the teeth, but not enough to do any damage if swallowed.

As your child reaches the toddler years, you can increase the amount of toothpaste to the size of a pea, but you still need to supervise their brushing. Make sure he or she is spitting out the toothpaste after they brush. If spitting toothpaste is an issue, have him or her practice for a while with a fluoride-free paste.

But once they master the concept of spitting, it should be right back to that I-mean-business fluoride!

Your pediatric dentist can provide more information on age-appropriate oral hygiene for your child.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

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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