Fluoride and Toothpaste Tips for Baby Brushing
When you start brushing your infant's teeth with fluoride toothpaste, you'll want to guard against dental fluorosis. The condition occurs when a young child ingests too much fluoride before their adult teeth erupt. This, in turn, causes white or brown discoloration or spots on permanent teeth enamel.
We all know fluoride is essential in preventing tooth decay, which can start early. So, how do you prevent fluorosis and still provide your baby with a toothpaste that's good and good for them? Here are some tips:
Go Small: It's worth re-emphasizing that when you brush your baby's teeth, use only a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste – the size of a grain of rice.
Be Age-Appropriate: Ensure your baby's toothpaste is free of artificial colors, preservatives, or sodium lauryl sulfate.
Don't Come on Strong: Most young children don't enjoy strong flavors — the minty-fresh toothpaste you might enjoy could make your child cringe. Taste your little one's new toothpaste before using it in their mouth.
Use the Power of Water: Naturally, your baby can't swish around a mouth rinse or spit out toothpaste. So, after brushing, give your baby a bottle or sippy cup of water.