Being a new parent is an exercise in learning how to provide the best tools for your child to learn from as well as potentially learning some of the skills that you were taught as a child over again. As adults we tend to become lazy with regards to our daily routines, and many times our oral health will suffer as a result of this laziness. In many aspects of life, we are child’s teacher and even though we are not necessarily the best at the task ourselves, we are still the ones who must provide the example that our children follow. Even though we teach them as best as we can, we must understand that they are also watching us for examples on how adults do things. Children will imitate what they see adults doing when they are unsupervised, so we must be sure to provide a good example of how things are done. This is especially important for toothbrushing and the skills that go along with oral health. These kinds of routines are our best defense against cavities and other oral problems as well as health issues far beyond just bad breath. Our daily routine of brushing and flossing should be revisited when there is a new child to make sure that we are doing appropriately and can serve as the best example for them to learn from.
One of the common questions that is asked of pediatric dentists is if the toothpaste that we use as adults is appropriate for children. Choosing the correct to paste for your child is a critical decision because many adults are unaware that many toothpastes are formulated with abrasive ingredients which are designed to whiten teeth which have been stained by coffee or soda over the years. These types of abrasive ingredients can wear away the enamel of the child’s tooth very quickly, causing more damage than they are providing benefit. These harsh abrasives will not be found in toothpastes which have been recommended for children by the American Dental Association. Markings making this identification will be found on both the boxes as well as the tube of toothpaste. They have been tested and have been judged as being safe to use for children.
Understanding how much toothpaste to use for a child of different ages is important. If your child is less than three years old they will not be able to effectively brush your teeth on their own. You should use the small amount of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice and perform the brushing up the teeth yourself. Once the child has reached three years old until about six, they are developing the strength and coordination which will be able to effectively clean their teeth. Supervise them during the process and allow them to use and amount of toothbrushing about the size of a pea. Make sure they follow the procedure the same way that your pediatric dentist had shown you how to do it, and make sure they perform this task several times a day.
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