Parents face many decisions regarding their children’s preventative dental care. Standing in the toothpaste aisle at the grocery store can be overwhelming, whether you are shopping for yourself or your child. There are many different types of toothpaste on the market for kids. Which one is best? Here are a few guidelines that may help:
- Dentists recommend that young toddlers use a non-fluoridated toothpaste. If your child cannot spit well, use a toddler brand toothpaste without fluoride. Too much ingested fluoride can present problems and cause fluorosis. Let them get their daily fluoride from tap water instead. Once you see that they can rinse and spit successfully, they can progress to ”big kid” toothpaste with fluoride.
- No Extras Required:
- Children do not need the special toothpastes formulated for whitening or tartar control like adults. Stick to the basic fluoridated toothpaste.
- Flavor is Important:
- If you want your child to be willing to brush for two minutes twice a day, then you need to make sure they like the taste of the toothpaste. Some kids oppose strong flavored toothpaste. The truth is, the bubble gum flavor works just as well as the peppermint flavor so let your child decide!
- Educate Your Kids:
- Only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is needed to adequately clean your little one’s teeth. That being said, your tube of toothpaste that you do splurge for should last you longer than you may think. You can likely save in cost by educating your child about the proper amount of toothpaste to use.
Regardless of the toothpaste brand you choose, teaching your child to brush the correct way and twice a day is by far the most important. Remember that if your child cannot tie his or her shoes, then continue to help them brush. The simplest answer to which toothpaste you should get for your child is the one that they will actually use!