We find that parents often have a lot of questions about children’s oral health. This is a good thing! While trusting your instincts works in some cases, learning that what’s best for your smile is not always best for your child’s smile – well, this can become a bit alarming. First of all, we want to reassure you that following the basic guidelines we set forth for preventive care is really all it takes. As for your additional concerns, always ask if you’re in doubt and your little one’s grin will remain healthy and just as adorable as ever. Consider some helpful tips that we have created in response to frequently asked questions.
Tip #1: Be Careful With Mouthwash
In general, brushing and flossing is sufficient. We suggest that very young children (those under six) avoid mouthwash altogether because they are much more prone to accidentally swallowing it, which can result in severe side effects. For children between six and 12 years of age, we suggest that you supervise mouthwash use as a precaution. Speak with us about this issue if you feel mouthwash is essential.
Tip #2: Don’t Overdo The Fluoride
Since you know that fluoride strengthens teeth and protects against cavities, you may assume the more the better. However, while too little fluoride can leave teeth vulnerable to damage, too much fluoride can discolor your child’s teeth. Follow our specific suggestions for home care and leave the fluoride treatments to us to protect your child’s oral health.
Tip #3: An Electric Toothbrush Might Be A Great Fit
In some cases, choosing an electric toothbrush to benefit your child’s oral health is a wonderful idea. For the same reason an adult chooses this option, an electric brush may result in easier, more comprehensive cleaning. Speak with us for details regarding choosing an effective, age-appropriate brush.