Oral problems can often occur during pre-school years. In Canada, early childhood decay is one of the primary concern. Therefore, as parents, it is essential that you choose the right toothpaste for your children to maintain optimum oral health.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends the use of fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride is a proven way to prevent and fight tooth decay. Therefore, when buying toothpaste in the market, look for the symbol of the Canadian Dental Association on the toothpaste tube – this means the toothpaste has fluoride.
For children younger under three years old, the use of toothpaste with fluoride is determined by the level of risk. You should brush your child’s teeth using a small amount (a size of a rice grain) of toothpaste with fluoride. On the other hand, kids above three years old up to six years old, use a green pea sized toothpaste for brushing their teeth. You can let your child brush his/her teeth with your assistance. Supervising your child when brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste can help prevent dental fluorosis. Children should not swallow the toothpaste when brushing, so make sure that you assist them.
In addition to fluoride in choosing the right toothpaste for your child, get a yummy or appealing flavour. It is easy to encourage children to brush their teeth regularly if they know that the toothpaste tastes good. You can try strawberry or bubblegum flavour toothpaste.
To learn more about toothpaste for children, contact or visit us at Kids Dental in Stouffville, Richmond Hill, and Markham.
– The Kids Dental Group Team