Simply, toothpaste is a product that benefits and helps to maintain oral hygiene. There are contents inside of the toothpaste that make it beneficial for daily use including antibacterial agents, fluoride and mild abrasives. However, do not be concerned the “mild abrasives” are what help to gently scrub off stains on the surfaces of the teeth. The antibacterial agents inside toothpaste help to decrease amounts of bacteria in the mouth that contribute towards bad breath and cavity formation and the fluoride helps to fortify the hard outer enamel of the teeth, which help protect teeth from cavities.
As parents, it can be difficult to decide which toothpaste is best suited for your children; especially when so many different options are available to you on the market. According to the American Dental Association, brushing with fluoride toothpaste has been shown to reduce caries incidence in children. In other words, fluoride toothpaste helps to decrease the risk of cavities. The ADA also recommends that children use a smear of toothpaste (equal to the size of a grain of rice) when the first tooth erupts in the mouth until the age of three. From ages three to six years, children should use a “pea-sized” amount of fluoride toothpaste. The limits suggested by the ADA help to reduce over exposure to fluoride levels contributing towards fluorosis, a mild discoloration of teeth typically appearing in faint lines.
If you have any questions regarding specifics about toothpaste that are right for your child, please do not hesitate to call the office of Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry at today! Dr. Konz, our friendly pediatric dentist, is more than welcome to answer any questions that you may have and provide further insight. We are located in Ashburn, Virginia for your convenience.