You already know the importance of brushing and flossing on a daily basis. But do you and your children have the right toothpaste and toothbrushes? Whenever you go out and get bathroom toiletries you may notice the large variety of options and brands all claiming different advantages and features. When it comes to toothpaste and toothbrushes there are a few things every parent should consider.
Fluoride helps prevent cavities and improve tooth development for children. That is why many municipals put fluoride in the water systems. Fluoride in water actually helps teeth develop before they even erupt through the gum line. Although fluoride isn’t all benefits. Too much fluoride can cause enamel discoloration and a condition known as fluorosis. That is why you should always talk to your dentist about fluoride toothpaste. Many dentists recommend that children do not use fluoride toothpaste until they are aware of the importance of not swallowing toothpaste. Even when kids use fluoride toothpaste, they should be instructed to only use the proper amount. Generally, a pea-size amount of toothpaste is the safest for kids who brush daily. That way, if they do swallow any toothpaste, it will not do any damage.
Another common question asked by parents is the efficacy of electric or motor toothbrushes compared to their counterparts. Generally speaking, motorized toothbrushes can provide an advantage for young kids and even teenagers, but are not necessarily needed. Motorized toothbrushes provide support in brushing but as long as your children know how to properly and effectively brush their teeth, manual toothbrushes are just as effective. Around age 8 children should be able to handle their own dental routines on a daily basis (with some reminders from parents). Around this time, with guidance from their dentists, they should be able to use manual toothbrushes to clean their teeth correctly. However, motorized toothbrushes are used by children and adults of all ages because they make cleaning teeth easier and decrease the chances of cavities due to ineffective cleaning.
For more information on oral care check out our children dental tips and adult dental tips. Of course, the best place to get information on proper oral care, as well as great dental services, is at one of our five offices throughout the Chicago area. Contact us to set up an appointment for you or your kids today.