The Best Children’s Toothpaste
One of the most often inquiries we get as a Pediatric dentist is, “What is the best toothpaste for kids?” When you look at the toothpaste aisle in almost any store, it’s simple to see why it’s so difficult to decide which one to buy! Here at Appolonia World Pediatric Dentistry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put up a quick guide to toothpaste for kids,
WHEN CAN BABIES USE TOOTHPASTE?
Cleaning an infant’s mouth with a wet gauze or a clean, soft cloth can begin as soon as they are born. You can then brush them with an infant-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste when they obtain their first tooth (about the size of the grain of rice).
Many parents ask if it’s safe to use fluoride toothpaste on their children. It’s actually suggested that they start as soon as their first tooth erupts. It’s not required for them to spit it out because you’ll only be using a teeny-tiny bit. It strengthens the enamel and protects it from the acids that cause cavities by remineralizing the teeth (or tooth). There are fluoride-free choices for babies, of course. The American Dental Association, on the other hand, estimates that roughly 25% of children will have a cavity by the time they attend kindergarten, which is why parents should use fluoride toothpaste for babies instead of waiting until they have a full set of pearly whites.
HOW MUCH TOOTHPASTE ARE KIDS SUPPOSED TO USE?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 40% of children aged three to six use too much toothpaste. This can be a problem because children of this age have a hard time spitting it out. Fluorosis can also be caused by consuming too much fluoride. The good news is that this is a simple fix as long as your child uses the proper amount of toothpaste. The rules are as follows (and a beautiful graphic may be found in this article):
From birth through three years of age – A little stain, about the size of a grain of rice
Three years and up – a pea-sized dollop
A thin ribbon across the toothbrush head for teenagers
Brush for at least two minutes twice a day using the suggested amount of toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush, and floss once a day. Make sure children aged three and up spit out any excess toothpaste after cleaning their teeth. Toothbrushing will be a team activity in which you will supervise or assist your child until you are certain that he or she is a brushing pro.