You know that visiting the children's dentist is very important for your kids—but did you know that choosing the right dental products is equally important? Learn which products are best at each age in order to promote optimal oral health in your child:
Choose a toothbrush that is proportionate to your child's mouth. A younger child will need a smaller toothbrush with a handle that fits his or her hand, while a school-aged child can use a longer toothbrush with a bigger head and handle. Most toothbrushes have recommended ages listed on their packaging, but if you still have questions, ask your kids' dentist.
Toothbrushes for kids should have soft bristles to protect their teeth and gums. Firm bristles are too hard for delicate gum tissue and could cause pain, making it even more difficult to establish healthy brushing habits. If your child doesn't like brushing, consider purchasing a fun toothbrush featuring his or her favorite cartoon character.
Toothpaste should be age-appropriate. Until your pediatric dentistry provider indicates that your child is old enough to spit properly, choose fluoride-free toothpaste. It won't foam and it will not harm your child to swallow, making it the perfect training toothpaste.
Once your child can move to fluoridated toothpaste, choose one that is gentle and has a mild flavor. Toothpaste that feels hot or icy in children’s mouths can discourage them from wanting to brush. Selecting a fun flavor that features interesting characters on the tube can encourage regular brushing.
Avoid giving your child mouthwash until your dentist says that he or she is ready, usually at around age six. For best results, choose an anti-cavity post-brush rinse that is formulated for kids. There are also mouthwashes available that change the color of your child’s teeth until they are thoroughly brushed. Supervise your child to ensure that the mouthwash isn't swallowed.
Contact Best Kids Dentist if you are looking for a pediatric dentistry specialist. Call us at (718) 491-5300 to schedule an appointment.