Brushing after meals is the best way to keep mouths healthy and teeth strong. Brushing teeth is important to oral health and requires a toothbrush and toothpaste. Toothpaste is a paste, gel or powder that helps to remove plaque. Plaque is the layer of bacteria that covers teeth and gums. Plaque can cause gum disease and tooth decay.
Around age 2, when your child is able to spit out toothpaste, is the best time to start brushing with toothpaste. Some children may have to grow comfortable with the toothbrush and toothpaste. Sometimes brushing the mouth of a small child can be hard. Your young child may not want to open their mouth, or may not be comfortable with the taste of toothpaste. Some of the best toothpastes will have the approval mark from the ADA, or the American Dental Association, on the tube.
An easy way to identify or know if toothpaste meets the ADA standard is to look for the seal on the tube. The ADA research shows that fluoride is a main ingredient to keep mouths healthy. Many popular kinds of toothpaste have fluoride as a main ingredient. Toothpastes may also have flavoring agents, to make the paste taste good, detergents, which create foam, or mild abrasives, which remove stains on the teeth. Kids are known to like fruity flavors or bubble gum flavors in toothpaste.
When young children first learn how to brush using toothpaste, they may swallow instead of spitting into the sink. Finding the right toothpaste for your child is important just in case they end up swallowing most of the tube. Your child should enjoy the taste of toothpaste so that they will brush after meals to keep a healthy happy smile! Finding the right toothpaste for your family will make brushing time fun! ☺