Are Your Kids Overdoing It On The Toothpaste?

You may not realize that the amount of toothpaste your kids put on their brushes before they brush is actually very significant! Too little, of course, could mean ineffective cleansing. However, the greater concern is usually the overuse of toothpaste. Sure, it follows reason that if you want your teeth cleaner and your oral health safer, dental hygiene should include as much paste as you can balance on your bristles! However, our Dallas, TX team reminds you that this is actually not the case! Learn more!

Hint: The Right Amount Of Toothpaste

During your child’s next dental checkup, remember that we can talk with you about any dental care or particular dental hygiene question you have! When the topic at hand is the right amount of toothpaste (or other products), it’s so easy to clear up any confusion when we get to sit down face to face. Bring up the questions you have! Even though you may feel as though you should know everything and that you’re revealing you don’t know something you assume you should, remember: Everyone ends up with questions from time to time. Even about things that seem obvious. It’s always better to ask us and to gain clarification, so you’re keeping your children’s oral health safe (and your own safe, too). We won’t judge! For now, remember:

  • Children 0-3 need only a grain-of-rice amount of paste
  • Children 3 and older (you, too, adults!) need a pea-size serving

Fluorosis And Way Too Much Fluoride For Too Long

Of course, we always instruct you to use fluoridated toothpaste for your children’s oral health (and for your own, too!) because it’s essential in promoting strong teeth and for preventing cavities. So, remember that fluoride is beneficial and not the enemy! However, when used in excess for an extended duration, like anything, it can come with consequences. So, when your children use too much toothpaste consistently, remember that excessive fluoride can lead to something called fluorosis in developing smiles. It’s primarily just cosmetic damage such as white spots, a mottled appearance, or darker stains, it won’t generally harm the health of your child’s teeth. Still, better to prevent it!

Excessive Toothpaste (And Swallowing It)

Your kids are still learning to spit out their toothpaste. So, remember: If they have too much in their mouths, they’re likely to swallow (which can cause intestinal upset). Make sure to monitor dental hygiene sessions and to stick to the measurement guidelines for toothpaste!

Get Toothpaste Use Back On Track

Let us know if you aren’t certain about the amount of toothpaste your child should be using or if any other aspect of dental hygiene is giving you pause. See us for a visit, so we may discuss and quickly help you! Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda and more.

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