May 12, 2015

Decisions for your child's dental care

Even though children eventually lose their baby teeth, proper pediatric oral care can influence your child’s well-being into adulthood.

When it comes to toothbrushes, you’ll want to be mindful of bristle strength. Hard bristles are not appropriate for tiny mouths and their delicate gum tissue. Since children are relatively new to tooth-brushing, they should always use toothbrushes with soft bristles.

And be careful to select a toothbrush that’s not too large to comfortably fit inside your child’s mouth. If a toothbrush is too big, then your little one won’t be able to reach those often neglected back teeth.

If you want your child to adopt good dental care habits, be sure it’s not an uncomfortable experience or they won’t want to brush at all. Remember that there are different shapes for toothbrushes, so a rounded head may be a better fit than a rectangular-shaped toothbrush.

Flared bristles are a sure sign that your child needs a new toothbrush. Depending on the child, this could mean replacing a toothbrush every one to three months. And be sure to replace your young one’s toothbrush after an illness.

Surprisingly, your primary consideration for choosing the right toothpaste is simply choosing a flavor that your child likes! Once again, you don’t want anything to affect your child’s desire to brush, so no “yucky” or “hot” toothpaste flavors!

Even toothpaste that’s specifically made for children should not be swallowed, because the idea is to teach your children good habits. But it is perhaps inevitable that a child will swallow some toothpaste, so be sure to choose toothpaste that contains as little fluoride as possible.

And remember to teach your child that only a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste is sufficient for cleaning teeth.

Choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste will go a long way toward helping your little one enjoy happy and healthy pediatric oral care.