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Dental care for children should begin smile at the time of birth, even before they have teeth to brush. When your child is at an age that they can begin brushing their teeth, you may find it helpful to choose a toothpaste for children, which can be different from adult toothpaste. If you are unsure what to look for in children’s toothpaste, our dental team is happy to provide tips on what to look for.

When looking for the most effective toothpaste, you no doubt want to choose a product that is right for your child’s dental needs. Different types of toothpaste offer different properties, such as improving tooth enamel, preventing gum disease and whitening the appearance of teeth, and it can be hard to know which is right for your child. When it comes to choosing a child’s toothpaste, there are only a few qualities you need to look for.

Children ages three years old and younger should brush with a fluoride-free toothpaste so that, while fluoride can help teeth, it won’t accidentally be swallowed. Many children swallow small amounts of toothpaste when they brush. You should also look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure the toothpaste product you choose has been thoroughly tested and is safe for your child.

Another quality to consider is the flavor of the toothpaste, as toothpaste for children contains flavors that children enjoy to encourage them to brush. While you may prefer a mint toothpaste, your child may find mint too strong and prefer a flavor that is more fruity. Children who enjoy brushing their teeth are more likely to have good oral health.

We encourage you to contact Hoffman Estates Dental Professionals at 847-884-0120 today if you need speak with Drs. Hatakeyama, Petrilli, and Hatakeyama, our friendly dentists, about choosing a children’s toothpaste in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.