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As specialists in pediatric dentistry, we often address concerns parents have regarding their children’s oral health. Today, we are sharing information about what kinds of toothpastes are best to keep your little one’s smile strong and bright.
Fact: Tooth brushing tools date back to 3500-3000 BC when the Babylonians and the Egyptians made a brush by fraying the end of a twig.
Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from those days and now actually have a substance to clean our teeth with!
Tooth brushing is crucial for children to maintain good oral health and it is imperative that parents teach their children to brush their teeth at least twice a day. This prevents plaque build-up, which can cause cavities, bad breath, gum problems (gingivitis) and stained teeth.
Since many pediatric dental patients are extremely picky about the tastes they will tolerate, and parents are selective about what they put into their child's mouth, choosing the right toothpaste can be tricky. With so many options for toothpaste, it can be a daunting task to find one that's right for your child. Some flavoring and cleaning additives, such as cinnamon or sodium lauryl sulfate, can be irritating to oral issues and may contribute to canker sores.
What to Look For When Choosing A Toothpaste
When choosing a brand of toothpaste, Dr. Tracht and Dr. Briskie suggest you make sure to select one that is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA). This will be stated right on the outside of the box with their familiar seal of approval. The ADA recommends toothpastes that have undergone extensive testing to make sure that they are safe to use and will not cause any harm to teeth. You may also wish to look for toothpaste that is recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who conduct scientific testing, as well.
It is important to tell your children to spit out toothpaste after brushing to prevent ingestion of too much fluoride; however, childrenwho are at high risk for cavities may benefit from a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste even before they can spit. This option should be considered very carefully though. Drs. Tracht and Briskie can help evaluate your child on an individual basis after a thorough examination and consultation. Remember, it’s always a good guideline to use no more than a "pea size" amount of toothpaste.
No matter what your child’s oral health needs are, there’s likely a toothpaste for you. Happy brushing from Dr. Tracht & Dr. Briskie!
Do you have questions about which toothpaste is best for your children? Give Drs. Tracht and Briskie, specialists in pediatric dentistry, a call or schedule an appointment. See here for more information about what we do and how we can help your child.