Something parents always ask our pediatric dentists here at Kids Healthy Teeth is how to choose the right toothpaste. With the vast amount of choices available on the market these days, it can be hard to decipher which is the best for your child’s health! Here are a few quick tips that recommend considering to ensure you’ve got the right brand for your family:
1) Check for the ADA seal.
The American Dental Association is a legitimate organization that oversees dental standards in the industry. When you find a toothpaste with their seal of approval, you will know that the toothpaste has been objectively evaluated for safety by experts on the DA council on Scientific affairs.
2) Check the abrasivity.
Your toothpaste preferences really depend on what you care about! Some parents prefer all-natural, organic toothpastes, while others like strong “whitening” chemicals to keep their children’s teeth bright. Regardless, we don’t recommend harsh abrasives for children as they can damage the enamel. Abrasivity is ranked by the RDA (relative dentin abrasivity) value.
3) Check for fluoride.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that can remineralize the teeth and reduce decay when it is applied topically or ingested. However, too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis, a condition that causes discoloration of the teeth. This can be a problem for kids who accidentally swallow their toothpaste instead of spitting it out after brushing. Talk to your pediatric dentist to learn how much fluoride is appropriate for your child. Younger kids may be better suited for fluoride-free toothpaste until they are mature enough to brush properly on their own.
4) Consider the flavor.
Brushing teeth should be fun! Having fun toothpaste flavors can motivate your child to brush their teeth more regularly and thoroughly. For younger kids, certain kinds of toothpaste can be too minty. Popular kids’ flavors include bubblegum and vanilla!
For more information, be sure to visit your pediatric dentist. Here at Kids Healthy Teeth in Katy, we are committed to helping you and your child take good care of your teeth!