Moms and dads often wonder which toothpaste is the best for their children. There are many formulas and brands to choose from, so, naturally, the process can be confusing.
You can count on the office of Ridgewood Valley Pediatric Dentistry to provide your child with excellent dental services, from diagnosis to treatment to advising on age-appropriate toothpastes. We give all of our patients and their parents as much time as they need to understand their treatment options.
Keep these facts in mind as you browse the array of choices in the dental-care aisle.
Toothpaste that includes fluoride is optimal for kids ages 3 and older. It plays an important role in strengthening enamel, which, if penetrated by decay, can result in cavities.
No one wants to use toothpaste with an unpleasant taste. That’s why it’s a great idea to have your child accompany you when shopping for his toothpaste. There are tons of options out there—everything from bubble gum and mango to strawberry and refreshing mints. Let him choose his favorites.
If your child’s toothpaste includes abrasives, make sure that they’re appropriate for his age group. The abrasives in toothpastes for adults are for removing stains and too harsh for young teeth.
The American Dental Association (ADA) evaluates toothpaste for safety and effectiveness. Toothpastes with the ADA seal have all the appropriate ingredients to help stave off cavities.
Begin using a toothbrush on your infant’s teeth when they start to appear. (Plaque can easily form on and around erupting teeth and then spark cavities.) Use a tiny smidge of toothpaste, but make sure it has no fluoride; swallowing fluoride can harm children that young. When he’s old enough to efficiently rinse and spit, apply a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste with fluoride.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says it’s OK to switch your child to an adult toothpaste between the ages of 9 and 10.
We professionals at Ridgewood Valley Pediatric Dentistry are passionate about treating all aspects of your child’s dental health. We are committed to your youngster’s oral care and are enthusiastic about playing an active role in helping him or her develop good practices that will last a lifetime. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.