Dental care for children should begin as early as birth, even though your child doesn’t need to brush or floss their teeth yet. When the time comes for your child to have teeth that need to be brushed, it’s important to choose the right toothpaste for children, as children’s toothpaste can differ from those meant for adults. When choosing a pediatric toothpaste, our dental team offers tips on the qualities that make an effective dental product for children.
If you are at the store looking for an effective toothpaste, you may be considering products that cater to specific dental needs. You can achieve different benefits from different types of toothpaste, such as gum disease prevention, fluoride for tooth enamel or teeth whitening. However, when it comes to selecting toothpaste for your child, you only need to consider certain qualities.
If your child is age three or younger, they should not use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, as fluoride should not be swallowed, and most young children tend to swallow some of their toothpaste when cleaning their teeth. Choose products that contain the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which proves the product has been thoroughly tested for safety and efficacy.
You may find that choosing a toothpaste with a fun flavor will encourage your child to brush after mealtime. While adult toothpastes are often minty or taste like cinnamon, children tend to prefer more mild flavors, such as something fruity. If your child enjoys brushing their teeth, they have a better chance of enjoying excellent oral health for a lifetime.
Our dentist and team at Hatfield Cosmetic & Family Dentist invite you to give us a call at 864-968-8811 today if you would like to speak with Dr. LeeAnn Hatfield further about pediatric dental care in Greer, South Carolina.