As parents, you’ve got a lot to figure out when keeping your child healthy and strong. When it comes to dental health, the decisions you make at home can really matter. This includes purchasing the right dental care products and using them correctly. At Rivers + Tanner Family Dentistry, we are here to help. We know that choosing your child’s toothpaste can be especially overwhelming considering the countless options in your local grocery store aisle.
When it comes to buying toothpaste for your child and making sure they are using it properly, here are some general guidelines and recommendations that our Mount Pleasant dentists and the American Dental Association (ADA) agree on:
The ADA Seal
The American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance is non-negotiables for both adult and pediatric toothpaste.
Choose a toothpaste with fluoride to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. However, be sure to ask us about the appropriate amount of fluoride for your child, which will be based on their age and risk for cavities.
A Small Amount Goes a Long Way
Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for children ages 3-6, and a small smear for children under 3.
Not too Rough
Avoid toothpaste that contains harsh abrasives or other ingredients that may be too strong for children’s teeth.
The flavor won’t matter in terms of cleaning their teeth, but a preferred taste can certainly make the task more enjoyable for kids.
No Extras Required
Children do not need the special toothpastes formulated for whitening or tartar control like adults. Stick to the basic fluoridated toothpaste.
Don’t Go Solo Too Soon
If your child is under the age of 8, you’ll probably need to contintue to supervise their use of toothpaste and overall oral hygiene habits.
Regardless of the toothpaste brand you choose, teaching your child to brush the correct way and twice a day is most important. If you have further questions or concerns about which dental hygiene products to buy for your child, please contact Rivers + Tanner Family Dentistry.