Should I Use Toothpaste to Brush my Child’s Teeth?

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You probably know that it’s important to brush and floss your teeth if you’re interested in protecting your oral health. However, did you know that you should help your child brush until they are about eight years old? During that time, it’s important that you help our little one establish good oral health habits. Unfortunately, this can be a difficult task—especially if your child doesn’t want to brush their teeth. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier—such as choosing the right toothpaste for your little one.

Conversely, choosing the wrong toothbrush for your child can actually make the task more difficulty. For instance, did you know that many children may find the mint flavor in toothpaste overpowering and unpleasant? Sadly, if your child doesn’t like the flavor they’re given, they’ll be more likely to fight the process. On the other hand, if you get your child a fruity toothpaste, they may find brushing more enjoyable.

Similarly, fluoride may be good for your teeth, but did you know it can be harmful if swallowed—and since children under three can’t spit their toothpaste out, it’s generally better to get a toothpaste without fluoride in it.

Of course, brushing your child’s teeth can feel like a daunting task, but using the correct toothpaste for your child can make brushing fun and give you the opportunity to teach your child correct oral care techniques.

If you have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help. Our dentist. Dr. Sudi Rafieian, and our entire team at Chicago Bright Smiles will happily answer any questions you may have. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us at 312-642-5107. We’re excited to hear from you soon!