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Your child needs to have their teeth brushed as soon as they have teeth, though they won’t need much toothpaste at first. When the time comes to choose the right pediatric toothpaste, keep in mind that these products can differ from adult toothpastes. There are certain qualities to consider when selecting an effective and safe toothpaste for children.

When you go shopping for toothpaste, no doubt you look for products that offer benefits according to your dental needs. There are many different types of toothpaste because every smile has its own requirements, such as whitening teeth, preventing gum disease and strengthening tooth enamel. However, children’s toothpaste has much fewer requirements to keep in mind.

For example, fluoride toothpaste should not be given to children ages three and younger so that they don’t accidentally swallow the fluoride, which–while helpful for teeth–is not meant to be digested. You can also look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on toothpaste packaging to know which brands have been thoroughly tested and are proven to be safe for children.

Additionally, we recommending choosing a toothpaste with a fun and fruity flavor that your child will enjoy when they brush their teeth. While adult toothpastes use flavors like cinnamon and mint, these can be too potent children, who often prefer mild flavors. Making tooth brushing enjoyable can motivate your child to develop excellent oral care habits that protect their smile for a lifetime.

Please feel free to give Sachs Family Dental a call at 801-225-4701 today to learn more about pediatric dental care in Orem, Utah. Our friendly dentist, Dr. Steven Sachs, would be happy to speak with your about your child’s dental needs!