What’s the best toothpaste for my child?

Tooth brushing is one of the most important tasks for good oral health.

When selecting toothpaste for your child, make sure to choose one that is recommended by the American Dental Association and include the ADA Seal of Acceptance. These toothpastes have undergone objective scientific evaluation and testing to insure they are safe and effective to use.

For very young children, use an amount of toothpaste smaller than a baby pea or just a smear. It’s important for parents and caregivers to help children get in the habit of spitting out toothpaste after brushing. Toothpaste is NOT a food.

What’s the scoop on fluoride and teeth?
Fluoride has been studied, tested and proven to be beneficial to teeth and helpful in reducing cavities. Fluoride is a trace mineral found naturally in many water sources; it strengthens the enamel of your teeth at a molecular level. The U.S. Public Health Service credits fluoride with reducing the cavity rate over the last several generations.

Despite this wonderful benefit, our bodies need just the right amount of fluoride – not too much and not too little. Too little fluoride will eliminate any health benefits and leave the enamel of teeth at risk for decay. Ask us if you have any concerns about the appropriate amount of fluoride for your child.

What are Sealants?
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) of the back teeth (premolars and molars). Sealants act as a barrier to food, plaque and acid to protect the decay-prone areas of the teeth—the chewing and eating surfaces. Most cavities in permanent teeth are found in these molars, and sealants have been found to prevent cavities when applied early, usually just after the teeth have erupted (around age six). Sealants do not protect between teeth, so it’s important to continue to floss if a sealant is applied.

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