Not all toothpaste is the same. Yet, even though they are of different types, they all usually have ingredients that are common to most toothpaste products. When it comes to our children, we as parents usually want to give them the best – and believe it or not, toothpaste is no exception! But how do we know which type or brand is the best toothpaste for our kids? The best way to go is to know first all the details about your child’s oral care.
Knowing what your child’s oral care needs are at his or her specific age will help determine which is the best toothpaste for your child.
We at Kidsmile encourage the parents of our patients to start brushing their children’s teeth soon as their first tooth emerges (babies about 6 months of age). However, regular toothpaste should not be used but a special toothpaste for children instead. Children’s toothpaste is milder than the regular ones for adults.
Babies and toddlers do not know yet how to spit out the toothpaste and they could swallow it. To prevent this from happening, there are even younger children who do not use any toothpaste at all. Toothpaste products are considered just cleaning agents for the teeth and do not protect the teeth and overall dental health. It is the habit of brushing and flossing that makes the difference – and that is the goal for our children. This is not to say that your child should not use any toothpaste at all. Toothpaste products specifically made for kids are generally safe since they only contain the basic ingredients. They do not contain the harsh chemicals typically found in regular toothpaste products for adults such as whitening agent and the foaming ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).
There are many kid-friendly toothpaste products available for us parents to choose from. In finding the best toothpaste for your child, we have listed down a few more points to consider:
- Choose a fluoride-free toothpaste for your child if he or she is below 2 years of age. Fluoride, when swallowed, can be toxic for younger kids like babies and toddlers. For children above 2 years old, their toothpaste can contain a very small amount of fluoride already since it protects the teeth from cavities and tooth decay.
- Look for a toothpaste product that has tasty flavors that your child will like. Children usually prefer sweet-tasting toothpaste, like bubblegum or strawberry flavors. So that when brushing time comes, they are enticed to do so.
- It is very important to look for a children’s toothpaste that is approved by the Philippine Dental Association (PDA). With the toothpaste having PDA’s seal of approval, you know that the product is safe for your child to use.
At the end of the day, deciding on the best toothpaste for your child is a matter of preference and personal choice. What is important is that you are looking after your child’s overall dental and oral needs in making that decision.
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