Does Your Child’s Toothpaste Matter?

Did you know that even before your child’s first tooth erupts, you should wipe their gums with a damp rag? Or that you should start brushing your little one’s teeth as soon as they emerge?

But, when you go to the store to find toothpaste for your child, you could find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices. In fact, 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.

For instance, when you choose toothpaste for a child under three years old, please pick one without fluoride. While fluoride is great for your teeth, it is also harmful when swallowed. And honestly, try as you might, you can’t guarantee your child won’t swallow their toothpaste. You should also look for the ADA Seal to ensure that your toothpaste is safe.

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.