As a parent, taking good care of our children’s oral health is of the utmost importance but it is also very tricky, especially for those who are first-time parents. Their heads are riddled with questions like, what toothbrush should I buy? Are all toothpaste the same? What is the best way to care for their teeth?
The reality is that there are a wide variety of Oral Hygiene products in the market nowadays and not all of them work the same way. What we will attempt to do here is to provide some basic guidelines for you to follow when presented with the difficult task of choosing toothbrushes and toothpaste for your little child and how to best care for their oral hygiene.
How to Accomplish Great Oral Health
It may come as a shock to you, but to many people take good care of their teeth, they don’t floss as much as they should, they don’t brush their teeth the proper amount of times and for those reasons Tooth Decay is still deemed the number 1 Dental Health Issue according to multiple recognize Organizations Worldwide. To make matters sadder, Tooth Decay or “Cavities” can be easily stopped if people would brush and floss on a regular basis as well as paying a visit to the Dentist at least once a month. More to the point, maintaining a great Oral Health doesn’t take much of your time and doing so, helps to save you thousands of dollars in treatments for multiple diseases.
When the time comes to pick dental products, there are several guidelines established by prestigious organizations like The American Dental Association. (ADA) They are the ones who approve or disapproved the scientific claims made by the manufacturers of dental products and report their findings back to the people. If the products are deemed well enough, then you will see the label of approval, and you can rest assured that you are buying something that actually helps to keep the Oral Hygiene of your family.
In the particular case of Toothbrushes, there are many manufacturers whose products have the acceptance label. So make sure you look only for those, as you can’t go wrong with them.
These are some things you should consider when purchasing a toothbrush:
* A soft bristled brush is always preferred. They help in reducing both tooth erosion and wear. Even though they may be gentle on the teeth they are still hard enough to get rid of all the plaque. On the other hand, a hard bristled brush can seriously damage the tooth enamel.
* Make sure you pick the one that fits in your mouth, child brushes have a smaller head, the right size to fit inside their mouth.
* Make sure that whatever brush you choose, it comes with the Label of Approval by the ADA. This one you can be sure they are made of the sturdiest materials, the best well-made bristles, that won’t fall apart inside the mouth.
* If you or your children have a difficult time brushing their teeth for the minimal amount of time (two minutes) then consider getting an electric toothbrush.
In the end, no matter what toothbrush you pick (as long as it has the Label of Approval) make sure that you feel comfortable with it not only in your hand as you brush but also in your mouth. This is very important because if you don’t feel comfortable and it hurts your gums, then you are most likely to stop brushing than you are getting a new one.
The same principle applies here, pick those only with the seal approval by The A.D.A. A few things to look for are:
* If you have a specific condition like sensitive teeth or dry mouth, pick one that suits that condition.
* Make sure you ask your dentist for advice about what toothpastes are better for you.
* There are certain adult toothpastes that are dangerous to children because of certain chemicals in their ingredients. For example, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS which can be very toxic to children. Make sure the toothpaste you’re picking is safe for your kids to use as well.
If you want to learn how to avoid cavities and protect your teeth from cavities and dental disease, call your Chapel Hill Family dentist at (919) 595-1010 and make an appointment today!