3 Ways to Choose the Right Toothpaste for Your Kids

3 Ways to Choose the Right Toothpaste for Your Kids

When you are choosing toothpaste for your kids to use, there are a number of factors to consider. You want the toothpaste to be effective for preventing cavities but also safe for use by a child. Here are three elements of a good toothpaste for kids.

  1. The Right Flavor – Let’s face it – toothpaste won’t do your child any good if he or she doesn’t use it. Especially for younger children, that means selecting a flavor that pleases a child’s picky palette. The good news is that toothpaste manufacturers recognize this and make plenty of enjoyable flavor options for children.
  2. Fluoride Content – Fluoride is a key element in toothpaste that is going to prevent cavities. The catch is that you can only ingest so much, so you want to be sure that your child understands the need to rinse and spit after brushing and realizes that no matter how good a certain flavor may be – this isn’t food.
  3. Non-Abrasive – Toothpastes that are designed to whiten teeth often contain abrasives that help brush minor stains off of teeth. However, these abrasives can also brush away tooth enamel. Especially for children, it is best to avoid toothpaste that contains an abrasive ingredient like calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, silicates, and other mild abrasives.

Helping Protect Your Child’s Teeth for a Happy Smile

BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry is focused on the prevention of cavities, especially through good instruction on how to take care of oral care at home. When this is coupled with two professional cleanings and checkups per year, you have the recipe for a healthy smile. To schedule appointments for your kids, call 619-741-1500 today!