It is important to select the best toothpaste for your child.
It is important to select the proper type of toothpaste for your child because adult toothpaste can contain ingredients that are unhealthy for children or harsh on their teeth. Here are some guidelines for choosing the best toothpaste for your child.
ADA Seal of Acceptance
The American Dental Association (ADA) tests toothpaste products and gives a Seal of Acceptance to those that meet its standards. Any children's toothpaste that you consider should have the ADA Seal of Acceptance on it. The ADA requires toothpaste-makers to renew their certification every three years, so you can trust that a product meets the recommended standards.
Any toothpaste that you provide your children should contain fluoride as an ingredient. The enamel on teeth is constantly under strain from acids in food and drinks, especially sugary ones. Fluoride helps to remineralize the teeth and it strengthens the enamel, which prevents tooth decay.
Children are more likely to swallow toothpaste until they get really good at brushing their teeth. Adult toothpaste contains ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, which can actually cause harm if swallowed. Adult toothpaste is designed to be harsher on the enamel, so they should not be given to children. Look for a toothpaste brand that is specifically formulated for a child's teeth.
If you choose a toothpaste that meets those guidelines, you'll be a lot more likely to prevent cavities and other problems for your child. We have plenty of resources on our website if you have more questions about baby teething and early child dental care. If it is time for your child to have a checkup, contact us at Potomac Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment. It's recommended that children have a pediatric dental checkup about every six months.