Parents are constantly bombarded with a ton of information about how to better care for their children. Whether it's the best, organic food, comfortable clothes, or great educational toys, parents have countless choices in every aspect of their little ones' lives.
The same stays true for their oral hygiene. If your child's teeth have started poking through their gums and are now looking for the best ways to care for their pearly whites, you may discover that there is a heated debate on the internet over the benefits of fluoride vs fluoride-free toothpaste.
So, which one should you choose for your kid?
Fluoride is a mineral that plays an essential role in protecting our teeth against harmful bacteria. While it's naturally found in certain foods as well as in tap water, it's been shown that using fluoride toothpaste too can significantly reduce the risk of cavities.
The reason why so many parents are concerned with the use of fluoride toothpaste for kids under six years old is overexposure. Babies and toddlers can't spit and they are afraid that the fluoride in tap water together with the fluoride their little ones might ingest while brushing their teeth will add up, leading to dental fluorosis. In the case of dental fluorosis, you will notice white or brown spots on your child's teeth. Don't worry, though! These spots are harmless and reversible.
Fluoride can be dangerous and toxic to the body when consumed in large amounts, which is why how much and how you use fluoride toothpaste is key.
The American Dental Association recommends toothpaste with at least 1,000 ppm fluoride for children under three years old. However, if you are not comfortable with using fluoride toothpaste, you should book a consultation with a pediatric dentist when your child's first teeth emerge and ask for their advice.
If your child is prone to cavities, then your Las Vegas pediatric dentist will likely recommend the use of toothpaste with a small amount of fluoride, between 500 and 1,000 ppm. They will also teach you how to brush your child's teeth. Use just a smear of toothpaste, about the size of a rice grain, and brush all surfaces, as well as the gums and tongue.
If your child doesn't seem to be prone to cavities, the dentist will likely recommend fluoride-free toothpaste together with regular visits for preventive care.
An early start, good oral hygiene habits, and regular dentist visita can make the difference between great oral health and poor one. At Desert Kids Dental, Dr. Sandra Thompson will make sure that your child has a positive and great experience.
Contact us now to book your appointment with Dr. Sandra.