What kind of toothpaste do you use? Do you buy what’s on sale or do you pay attention to brand names? You may even be influenced by the advertisements that you see and hear on t.v. or online. Anyone of these factors can go into making your decision although it is usually a good idea to stay with products that have proven to be beneficial and that have been officially approved for customer safety.
If you have small children in your family you will want to find a product or products that will encourage them to take care of their teeth. Pediatric professionals encourage parents to get their kids involved in picking out their own toothpaste and toothbrush, under a certain amount of subtle supervision, of course.
Fluoride is important for the proper growth and development of your child’s teeth. Even though most modernized drinking water supplies are fluoridated your child needs the extra benefits that come from using a fluoride toothpaste. If your family’s main source of water is bottled be sure to check the label since many brands are insufficient in fluoride content.
Keep a regular schedule of visits to your pediatric dentist in Aurora. She can determine if your child is at high risk for tooth decay or if there may be some other need for an in-office fluoride treatment. The procedure consists of painting a varnish type substance onto the surface of each tooth. The process is painless and the foam like consistency quickly hardens to the teeth to provide protection from cavity causing bacteria. Fluoride treatments are supplementary, they do not replace the need to brush and floss daily.
Children over six years of age may benefit from using a fluoride mouthwash along with their toothpaste. Again, be sure to check the label. Some mouthwashes contain a certain amount of alcohol and are definitely not recommend for children. Professionals suggest that parents demonstrate how to use mouthwash properly (swish and spit) until the child gets the gist of it. Show and tell is a great way to set a good example.
Epic Dentistry for Kids in Aurora is accepting new patients now. Call the office @ 720-721-3600 to make your appointment.