What to Look for in Toddler Toothpaste

When your child begins to get his first baby teeth, it's natural, as a parent, to start thinking about the best way to care for them so he can have healthy teeth and gums as he gets older. However, children have special needs that make caring for their teeth different from how you care for your own. The toothpaste you use to brush your youngster's teeth can make a big difference in his overall oral health. There are many types of toddler toothpaste on the market, but it may be hard to know which is the best for your child. Here are a few criteria that all parents should look for when selecting a toothpaste.

Contains Fluoride

Fluoride is important for healthy teeth and primarily helps to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride toothpaste should be used once a child is able to spit the toothpaste out after brushing under parental guidance. Fluoride is often present in tap water, so your toddler may be receiving an adequate amount through drinking water alone. Ask your dentist if he or she thinks your child is ready for a fluoride toothpaste.

Kid-friendly Flavors

Fun flavors like strawberry and watermelon can help your child enjoy the experience of brushing his teeth. There are usually a few varieties to choose from, so try several to see which toddler toothpaste flavors your child likes. Remember, children can be choosy and will let you know if they don't like a certain flavor of toothpaste, so be prepared to buy a few different varieties until you find one your kid likes.

Only a Small Amount is Needed

You may be tempted to squeeze enough toothpaste to cover the whole brush, but children don't need very much toothpaste, because their teeth are so small. A small amount, about the size of a pea, is what is recommended by a dental professional.

Colgate's My First Colgate brand is a great toddler fluoride-free toothpaste for your child in his earliest stages of dental care, because it has all the healthy qualities mentioned above. It is safe for children age 2 and under, making it a smart choice for youngsters who are just beginning to care for their teeth.

While reading labels can provide a lot of information, it is always a good idea to consult with your dentist and see what toothpaste he recommends for your child. To encourage your child to brush his teeth with Mom and Dad, you may want to use a daily chart to monitor his progress and provide him with rewards for reaching certain milestones. This not only makes the process more fun for him, but it also helps you ensure he is staying on track with his dental care.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Top Tips for Good Oral Care During Childhood

  • Brushing and flossing
    Begin using toothpaste to brush your child's teeth when he (or she) is 2 years old. Young children tend to swallow toothpaste when brushing, rather than spitting it out. Introduce fluoride toothpaste when your child is old enough not to swallow it. As soon as two teeth touch each other, floss between them once a day. You can use regular floss or special plastic floss holders.

  • Dental visit
    New parents often ask, "When should my child first see a dentist?” Your child should see a dentist by his or her first birthday.

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