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Did you know that you should start taking care of your child’s oral heath even before their first tooth comes in? That includes brushing their teeth. But with all of the toothpaste options available for your child, how do you make the best choice?

While adult toothpastes can be made to brighten smiles, fight gum disease, or to strengthen your enamel, children’s toothpastes are not. In fact, there are only a few things you need to consider.

For instance, when you choose toothpaste for a child under three years old, please pick one without fluoride. While fluoride is great for your teeth, it is also harmful when swallowed. And honestly, try as you might, you can’t guarantee your child won’t swallow their toothpaste. You should also look for the ADA Seal to ensure that your toothpaste is safe.

Aside from that, just consider the flavor. Most children’s toothpastes are simply designed to taste good so your child will want to use them. While you may enjoy minty-flavored toothpastes, your child probably will not. Instead, they will probably prefer a mild or fruity flavor. Most importantly, if your child enjoys brushing their teeth, they’ll be more likely to do it.

We understand that finding the right toothpaste can be stressful—especially if you don’t know what your child needs. Fortunately, if you just remember to consider safety and flavor, you’ll do fine. If you have any more questions about what you can do to help your child enjoy brushing, please don’t hesitate to contact us soon. We look forward to meeting you.