As a caring parent, you want the best toothpaste for your child!
With the multitude of options available, choosing the best oral hygiene product can be difficult. Here are our recommendations in choosing the best toothpaste for your child.
Opt for Flavor, But Not Too Much
Children have hypersensitive taste buds, which means you’ll want to opt for flavored toothpaste. But if the toothpaste tastes too good, your child might be tempted to eat it. Opt for a toothpaste with a subtle flavor that’s enough to be pleasant, but won’t be confused as a tasty edible treat.
Look for the ADA Label
The American Dental Association is vigilant about accrediting only toothpaste brands that meet its stringent guidelines. Make sure that whatever brand you choose bears the ADA seal of approval.
Skip the Whitening Ingredients
Your child should have their own toothpaste that doesn’t carry ingredients meant for adults. Though you want your child’s teeth to be white, the harsh abrasives and ingredients in adult whitening toothpaste are not appropriate for kids. Children’s tooth enamel is not yet fully developed, so their teeth are less protected than an adult’s. Whitening ingredients could potentially harm the enamel or even the dentin of the tooth itself, compromising your child’s oral health.
Choose Toothpaste With Fluoride
Even if your drinking water at home contains fluoride, it’s important that your child’s toothpaste has fluoride listed as one of the ingredients. Fluoride has been proven to reduce the incidence of cavities, and children need that added protection.
Remember that youngsters need supervision while using toothpaste even after they appear to have mastered the skill of brushing their teeth. If you have more questions about choosing the best toothpaste or maintaining your child’s oral health or would like to schedule a checkup, contact us today!