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Problems with Children Eating Toothpaste

Posted on 10/20/2019 by Fariba Mutschler
Problems with Children Eating ToothpasteFor many children, brushing their teeth is not just daily dental hygiene practice. It also can be a snacking opportunity on that tasty toothpaste. A more significant percentage of children's toothpaste often tastes like candy or bubble gum, and thus it might be difficult for your child to resist the urge of swallowing the toothpaste.

While swallowing small amounts of toothpaste is widely considered to be safe, consuming vast quantities of toothpaste can result in several complications, including possible intestinal blockage, stomach pains, and several difficulties.

How Can You Help Your Child Break The Habit?

If you are keen on helping your child break the habit of eating toothpaste, then you should first begin by applying the right amount to their brush. When the child is not brushing their teeth, then you should always keep the container away from them.

You can try placing the container in a higher cabinet or locking the toothpaste inside the medicine cabinet. Alternatively, you should also consider switching to a stronger mint flavored paste instead of the candy or bubble gum flavored options.

However, you should always remember that the stronger flavors are more suitable for older children mainly because, the younger children can be easily put off by the strong mint taste. As a parent, you should also make it a habit of brushing your teeth together with your child so that you will be able to keep an eye on them while at the same time teaching them proper brushing routine or techniques.

Always encourage your child to imitate what you are doing so that they may be able to develop good habits. Some of the things that you can teach your child include brushing the tongue, brushing at the correct angle, and spitting out the toothpaste once they are done.

While proper dental hygiene might help keep off many dental issues, it's also essential to ensure that you bring your child for regular checkups.
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