When it comes to taking care of their children’s teeth, Dr. Chris Coplin of Anchorage’s Alaska Dentistry for Kids says many parents aren’t sure which toothbrushes and toothpaste are best to use. He’s here to clear up the confusion and make sure your little one’s teeth receive a proper cleaning at home.
What Kind Of Toothbrush Should I Buy For My Child?
There are many different kids’ toothbrushes to choose from, so knowing which one to buy can be confusing for parents. Dr. Coplin says your child’s toothbrush should be small and easy for them to hold. An adult toothbrush is too large for young children to use. Additionally, a child’s toothbrush should have soft bristles with rounded tips. This allows for proper cleaning of the teeth, but it won’t cause gum irritation.
Dental care is important for babies, too, even those who have just begun to grow teeth. There are several toothbrushes designed specifically for infants, including soft silicone ones that can fit over a parent’s finger. You can also use a damp cloth to gently brush your baby’s teeth and gums.
What Kind Of Toothpaste Should My Child Use?
Aside from just polishing the teeth, toothpaste is also used to prevent cavities, so look for one that contains fluoride. Unless your child already takes a fluoride supplement, their dentist will usually recommend this type of toothpaste since it helps strengthen the enamel of the teeth, protecting against tooth decay. To make brushing their teeth fun, you can let your child pick out a toothpaste flavor they’ll enjoy. Make sure your little one only uses about a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for each teeth cleaning session, and encourage them to spit it out rather than swallow it. Toothpaste isn’t necessary for babies.
Still have questions about which products are right for your child? Consult Dr. Coplin at Alaska Dentistry for Kids. He’s Anchorage’s most trusted children’s dentist, and he’ll point you in the right direction. Additionally, call his office at (907) 274-2525 to schedule bi-yearly dental cleanings for your child to ensure their oral health is at its best. To see a list of all the pediatric dental services Dr. Coplin offers, including special needs dentistry, visit Alaska Dentistry for Kids online.