Between the dozens of different toothpaste brands on the market, all with different flavors and features, it’s no surprise that many of our patients have questions regarding the type of toothpaste they should choose for their children. Today, the pediatric team at Dr. Scott’s office will discuss some common ingredients that go into toothpaste and the different factors you should consider before you choose one.
Picking the Right Toothpaste
While there is no toothpaste that is commonly agreed to be the best, there are a few things to keep in mind when you go shopping. First, you will want to find a toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association. You ensure your toothpaste is approved by looking for the ADA seal of acceptance. This seal indicates that the toothpaste has been proven to be effective and is safe to use. You will also want to choose a toothpaste that has fluoride, as this is extremely important to your child’s developing teeth. Lastly, you want to be sure that you find a flavor that your child likes. It doesn’t have to be bubblegum flavored, but a pleasant taste will ensure that brushing isn’t so bad.
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Use the Proper Amount of Toothpaste
With a flavored toothpaste like the kind recommended above, it is important to use the correct amount of toothpaste for your child. Children younger than 3 have a tendency to simply swallow the toothpaste. As such, using a small smear, about the size of a grain of rice, will ensure that you are able to properly clean their teeth without them swallowing a large amount of fluoride. Once your child is above the age of three the ADA recommends they use a pea-sized portion of toothpaste, as they should be able to understand not to swallow their toothpaste at this age.
Even up to the age of 12, it can be important to monitor your child’s brushing to ensure they are using the correct amount of toothpaste and proper technique. If you would like assistance showing your child the correct method to brush their teeth, visit the office of Dr. Stuart Scott.
Contact the Office of Dr. Stuart Scott Today
The team at Dr. Scott’s office is a great resource your family can use to ensure your child is developing healthy brushing techniques. Located in Parkcrest Dental Group, Dr. Stuart Scott has been helping children develop healthy oral care techniques for over 20 years. To book an appointment with Dr. Scott, click here. Or if you prefer, call Parkcrest Dental Group at 417-262-5515.