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Should Your Child Help Pick Out Their Own Toothpaste?

Posted on 7/23/2020 by Fariba Mutschler
Should Your Child Help Pick Out Their Own Toothpaste?There are so many different choices out there when it comes to children's toothpastes. If you're looking for glitter and princesses? That's out there. Maybe your angel is in to monster trucks and animals? You're covered! What about the latest big children's movie? You guessed it, there's toothpaste for that. But how do you choose the right one for your child, and should you let your child choose on their own? Let's begin by looking at what makes the toothpaste specifically for a child, and believe it or not, it's not just because there's the possibility of glitter!

Why Children's Toothpaste

There is a big difference between adult toothpastes and children's toothpastes. Aside from the flavor, adult toothpaste has a significant amount of fluoride in it. While the American Dental Association states that children can begin receiving fluoride treatment as soon as they begin getting teeth, too much of a good thing can have negative effects on your child's oral health. Too much fluoride, or fluorosis, can leave your child's teeth stained with either white or brown streaks. Generally, this is only a cosmetic issue, and if you notice that your child has developed these spots, please call us and we can take a look at them and treat them appropriately.

So take a look at the toothpastes available to your child, absolutely let them be involved in the process of choosing one, as long as you're making sure that the ingredients have the ADA stamp of approval! Letting your child choose their own toothpaste can make them more excited about caring for their oral health and encourage them to brush twice a day. If you have any questions about a toothpaste that you're considering, please don't hesitate to call our office and ask, we're happy to help! We look forward to seeing you at your next checkup!
My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.

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