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A Guide for Kids Using Toothpaste
Posted on 07/19/2017

A Guide for Kids Using Toothpaste

AlderwoodBlogTooth.jpgWhen it comes to how a child should brush, we typically get asked a lot of questions on the subject. One of the areas that we often get asked about the most is about toothpaste. As your trusted Lynnwood kids dentist and dentistry practice, Alderwood Children’s Dentistry would like to take the time to go over a few simple tips to keep in mind when it comes to your child using toothpaste properly.

Pick the Right Toothpaste

While there’s no certain toothpaste that’s better than the rest, there are two important things that you’ll want to make sure that the toothpaste of your choice has. The first is the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance. This seal is found on all toothpastes that are proven to be effective and safe-for-use. You’ll also want to make sure that your toothpaste includes fluoride. Fluoride will strengthen tooth enamel, which is critical for a child’s developing baby teeth.

Use a Proper Amount of Toothpaste

One common problem when it comes to children brushing their teeth is that they’re often brushing with way too much toothpaste. The ADA recommends that children under the age of three should brush using only a smear (no larger than the size of a grain of rice) of fluoride-containing toothpaste. For children older than three, the ADA recommends that a child brush with a pea-sized portion of toothpaste.

Supervise Your Child

As a parent, it’s vital to supervise your child and help him or her with the task of brushing. You’ll want to make sure that your child is applying the right amount of toothpaste, brushing properly, and taking an appropriate amount of time to brush. It’s not unusual for parents to help children with this task until they’ve reached the age of 11 or 12; as a parent, you’ll understand how long you’ll need to help out as you teach your child to be personally responsible for his or her teeth.

Contact Your Lynnwood Kids Dentist

If you have any questions regarding your child’s oral health or our Lynnwood kids dentistry practice, we encourage you to contact us. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (425) 775-5411. We look forward to hearing from you!