While our celebration of National Children’s Dental Month is slowly winding to a close at Catonsville Dental, we are wrapping it up with a bang and another useful children’s oral care tip! Here are some simple and helpful tips for choosing the right toothpaste for your child.
Why is Toothpaste Important for Children’s Oral Care?
Even though baby teeth aren’t your child’s permanent teeth, they still need to be properly maintained to ensure good health. Every day, your child gets bacteria and plaque on their teeth. The best way to remove this excess plaque is with a children’s toothbrush and an appropriate toothpaste. Toothpastes typically contain fluoride, mild abrasives to get off gunk, and antibacterial agents.
How Can You Choose the Right Toothpaste for Your Child?
Choosing the right toothpaste from the aisle is simple with this list:
- Does the toothpaste have a seal from the ADA or American Dental Association? Choose one with this seal to make sure it has been thoroughly evaluated and quality tested by professionals.
- Does the toothpaste contain harsh or lots of abrasives? Children’s oral care doesn’t require heavy duty toothpastes designed to combat major decay and build-up. Instead, choose a toothpaste with a mild abrasive with the help of your pediatric dentist.
- Does the toothpaste contain fluoride? All children should use toothpaste that contains fluoride to protect against plaque, guard against cavities, and improved their overall oral health.
- What flavor is the toothpaste? Flavor isn’t associated with the quality of the toothpaste, but it does have an impact on whether or not your child enjoys brushing their teeth. Choose a toothpaste with a fun flavor like strawberry or bubble gum so that they will associate taking care of their teeth with familiar tastes instead of scary and harsh minty flavors.
Children’s Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you need a wisdom tooth extracted or a professional cleaning, Catonsville Dental Care has the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat your problem as quickly and painlessly as possible. We offer a suite of services including dental implants, cleanings, Invisalign, and routine preventative dental treatments. We look forward to helping keep you smiling all year long. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at (410) 747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.