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Did you know that you should start taking care of your child’s oral heath even before their first tooth comes in? That includes brushing their teeth. But with all of the toothpaste options available for your child, how do you make the best choice?

While adult toothpastes can be made to brighten smiles, fight gum disease, or to strengthen your enamel, children’s toothpastes are not. In fact, there are only a few things you need to consider.

For instance, when you choose toothpaste for a child under three years old, please pick one without fluoride. While fluoride is great for your teeth, it is also harmful when swallowed. And honestly, try as you might, you can’t guarantee your child won’t swallow their toothpaste. You should also look for the ADA Seal to ensure that your toothpaste is safe.

When you go to pick your toothpaste, does flavor influence your decision or are you more worried about what your toothpaste does? Again, your child’s toothpaste isn’t designed to do anything other than taste good and remove plaque. This makes flavor even more important, and while you may prefer a flavor like mint, your child may not. Instead, they may like something like bubble gum or a fruit-flavored toothpaste.

So, while it can seem daunting to choose the right toothpaste, it is usually fairly simple. Simply find fluoride-free toothpaste that your child enjoys. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us today. We are excited to hear from you soon.