Being a new parent offers many joys but also presents new challenges. Among them is ensuring that your child receives proper dental care. Not only must you choose a group of skilled pediatric dental professionals such as those employed by our team, but you must also make sure that you provide the right dental hygiene items at home.
This means choosing the right toothpaste and toothbrush for your child. The proper toothpaste for your child will depend largely on their age and specific oral health needs. For example, infants should have a baby toothpaste that is fluoride-free as they are prone to swallowing the toothpaste. Swallowing excessive amounts of fluoride could be harmful, which is why infant toothpaste does not contain any.
As your child gets a little older, they should be transitioned to a toddler or ages 3 and up toothpaste. This toothpaste will typically include a small amount of fluoride, unless otherwise indicated. Fluoride is great for children in this age range as they are less prone to swallowing the paste and it can help to strengthen and protect their teeth.
What Toothbrush Should My Child Use?
In addition to a good toothpaste, your child will need a quality toothbrush. The toothbrush should have a small brush head with soft bristles and a large handle to prevent it from becoming a choking hazard. If your child has a favorite cartoon, buying a toothpaste and toothbrush that includes this character are great ways of making dental care more enjoyable. Letting them pick out their own toothpaste and toothbrush gets them involved and helps develop good oral hygiene habits.
When making important decisions for your child's oral health, it is important to know that you are not alone. Contact our team for all of your child's oral health needs.