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Toothpaste for your Baby

What Kind of Toothpaste is best for my Baby

This is an important question that many parents bring to their pediatric dentist when inquiring about brushing their baby’s teeth. And the answer is important to know. Babies cannot use toothpaste that is made for adults as the fluoride content is too high. Babies need a toothpaste that has been designed specifically for the needs of a young child and contains less than 1000ppm (parts per million) of fluoride. Regular adult toothpaste contains a fluoride content of 1350-1500ppm of fluoride and children should not use this toothpaste until they are at least three years old.

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How much Toothpaste is required per Brushing?

Many parents are surprised to discover that not much toothpaste is required at all to effectively brush your child’s teeth. In fact, you will only require a small dab of toothpaste that is about the size of a grain of rice. As the baby becomes older, around 2-3 years old, the amount of toothpaste can be increased to the size of a small pea. The baby should be taught to spit out excess toothpaste after every brushing but rinsing is not required at such a young age and in fact, some residual toothpaste left behind will assist with helping the product to work more effectively.

Risk of Developing Cavities

Some pediatric dentists may even recommend not using toothpaste for your baby unless he or she is at risk of developing cavities, such as having a family history of early tooth decay, and may recommend using warm water instead to clean a baby’s teeth.

When selecting toothpaste for your baby, be sure to check that the tube is approved by the Canadian Dental Association. This will ensure that the toothpaste meets standards and has been tested and guaranteed safe to use for a small child. This also means the toothpaste contains fluoride, and in the right amounts to be safe and effective for your child.

WHEN I SHOULD BRUSH MY BABY’S TEETH?

How Often You Should Cleen Your Child’s Teeth?

Your child’s teeth should be cleaned twice daily including in the morning, soon after waking up and before bed, after your baby has had his or her last drink for the evening. One of the reasons that it is very important to brush before bedtime is that less saliva is produced at night when the baby is sleeping and this helps to keep the mouth clean. Also, without removing food and germs before bed they will have all night to cause damage.

Proper Dental Hygiene for your Child

Using toothpaste or not for your baby is a consideration that should be discussed and determined by your pediatric dentist. The dental team will also provide advice and guidance for providing proper dental hygiene for your child at all stages of life. Taking your baby in for dental checkups starting from 6 months after the first tooth emerges is the best way to guarantee the best dental health and hygiene possible for your baby.

The Chapnick Dental Office provides dental care for babies and young children. Contact the dental team anytime to book an appointment.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Chapnik Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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