Selecting a Toothpaste for Your Child

two young girls brushing their teeth
Children’s dental care is extremely important. Although their baby teeth will fall out eventually, it is still very important to keep them healthy, and to instill great oral care habits in your child at an early age. In this post, we’ll help you choose a toothpaste for your child.

Fluoride Is a Must

Fluoride is important to look for in your own toothpaste, and in your child’s as well. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is known to fortify the teeth and protect them against cavities. It’s important to make sure your child doesn’t swallow their toothpaste, especially with fluoride. Too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis, which can cause discoloration and damage to the teeth.

Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance

Worried about the efficacy of the product? There’s an easy rule of thumb when it comes to dental care products. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The ADA–American Dental Association–tests, researches, and approves products that meet their standards. That way all you have to do is spot the seal, and you’ll know you can trust the product.

Make It Fun

For many children, it takes a while to warm up to the idea of brushing their teeth. A common piece of advice we give parents who are struggling to get their kids into the habit of brushing is to make it fun. There’s no need to give your child a mint or baking soda flavor that they’ll surely despise. Feel free to opt for something fun, colorful, and flavored. Again, just be sure it has that ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Children’s Dental Care at McNeely Family Dentistry

We know dental care can be a challenge when it comes to your kids. That’s why we have a kid-friendly office, offering amenities to make their visit fun, and even stress-free! Learn more about our office on our website, where you can also schedule your child’s next appointment.

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