Did you know that you should start taking care of your child’s oral heath even before their first tooth comes in? That includes brushing their teeth. But with all of the toothpaste options available for your child, how do you make the best choice?
While adult toothpastes can be made to brighten smiles, fight gum disease, or to strengthen your enamel, children’s toothpastes are not. In fact, there are only a few things you need to consider.
Really, the most important thing you can consider is the overall health of your child. Of course most toothpastes are safe, but we recommend looking specifically for the ADA Seal. This will indicate that the toothpaste has been tested and is safe. Similarly, please choose a toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride. Fluoride is great for your teeth, but it can be harmful if swallowed. And honestly, no matter how hard you try, stopping your child from swallowing can be extremely difficult.
Aside from that, just consider the flavor. Most children’s toothpastes are simply designed to taste good so your child will want to use them. While you may enjoy minty-flavored toothpastes, your child probably will not. Instead, they will probably prefer a mild or fruity flavor. Most importantly, if your child enjoys brushing their teeth, they’ll be more likely to do it.
So, while it can seem daunting to choose the right toothpaste, it is usually fairly simple. Simply find fluoride-free toothpaste that your child enjoys. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us today. We are excited to hear from you soon.