Children are in a constant state of development. Not only are they rapidly gaining knowledge, their entire body is physically growing and strengthening, even their teeth. Dental hygiene for children is especially important as baby teeth begin to grow in and adult teeth are developing. Creating a regular teeth cleaning regimen at home as well as frequenting visits to the dentist at an earlier age is important in order to start a healthy habit in maintaining good oral hygiene. Ted French, DDS provides full-service dental care for all ages, offering complete dental hygiene care and cosmetic dentistry for you and your children.
The American Dental Association advises that children make their first visit to the dentist by their first birthday. The dentist will evaluate the current condition of your child’s teeth and explain appropriate brushing and flossing techniques. When it comes to brushing children’s teeth, there are specifications when you should start using toothpaste. For the first 18 months, it is not necessary to use toothpaste, though as soon as their baby teeth begin to grow in, you should use a soft baby toothbrush or a wet cloth or gauze to clean their teeth and gums. Once they are 18 months old, they should start using toothpaste, but one that is specifically made for children. There are significant differences in the ingredients and the amount of fluoride in adult toothpaste than children’s toothpaste. Here are some tips on choosing the right toothpaste for your children:
- Toothpastes with fun flavors will encourage children to brush their teeth more often as they will enjoy the taste.
- Even if children like the taste of their toothpaste, make sure to find a toothpaste that is safe to swallow. Children under the age of 4-6 have a harder time making sure not to swallow the toothpaste.
- Find children’s toothpaste with a low amount of fluoride or fluoride free. Too much fluoride ingested by children can be harmful, even though it is good for building a strong teeth enamel.
- Using a small amount of toothpaste is important to decrease the risk of swallowing too much toothpaste. A pea-sized amount is ideal, and still effective in keeping your child’s teeth clean.
Dependable dental care for children is available with the same care and attention to detail that our Arlington TX dentist provides for every patient. At Ted French, DDS, we want to make your child feel safe and comfortable at our office. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call us at (817) 461-2843 or visit us online.