Toothpaste: What to Look For

There are a handful of things kids need to do consistently to have the best oral health. #1 on that list is tooth brushing.

When looking for a toothpaste for your child, make sure to pick one that is recommended by the American Dental Association as shown on the box and tube. These toothpastes have undergone testing to insure they are safe to use.

Additionally, toothpastes that are 100% natural and do not contain any artificial preservatives, dyes or saccharine are healthiest for your child.

Remember, children should spit out toothpaste after brushing to avoid ingesting excess fluoride. If too much fluoride is ingested, a condition known as fluorosis can occur. Give us a call if you are concerned about fluoride and ingestion. When in doubt, use fluoride free toothpaste for young children under the age of 3.

One Response to Toothpaste: What to Look For

  1. Fluoride free MI paste is great. Rather than allowing decalcification to take place and having the general dentist prescribe MI paste for the marks “left by braces” (actually spots patients did not clean well) it should be utilized more as a preventive especially since it can also be swallowed more safely than fluoride, possibly even good for bone health.

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