Tooth brushing is one of the most important tasks for good oral health, but many toothpastes can damage the teeth due to abrasive particles.
Today Dr. Andra Custura, dentist Andra Smile will talk about how we can choose a safe toothpaste for children and discuss some of the fluoride warnings.
Parents do not have to wait for teeth to keep the mouths of healthy children, and the College of Dentists in Romania (C.M.D.R.) recommends starting oral care through wipe the baby's gums with a wet towel after each feeding.
When milk teeth appear, you can start brushing with a fluoride-free toothpaste. Since young children cannot control the choking reflex at this age, it is safer to use a fluoride-free formula because fluoride consumed in large quantities can have toxic effects on the body.
Of course, swallowing a quantity used for brushing (a drop of the size of a pea grain, for children between the ages of 2 and 6 years) does not usually cause a severe reaction, but consuming a small dose, for an extended time, can become problematic .
If children ingest too much fluoride over a long period of time, during the formation of permanent teeth under the gum, they are exposed to the risk of developing dental fluorosis, a permanent discoloration of tooth enamel.
Dental fluorosis it can vary from the appearance of light spots, barely visible white on the permanent teeth, to a dark brown coloration, and even to the corrosion of the teeth. Fluorosis is a concern only for children under the age of 8, because once permanent teeth appear, they can no longer develop fluorosis.
While your child uses a fluoride-free toothpaste, a fluoride supplement provided by your doctor should be all fluoride that your child needs to have healthy teeth.
An excellent advice is to start the oral hygiene of the child with a toothpaste. A toothpaste for training cleans the baby's teeth and gums, but does so without dangerous ingredients.
This makes the toothpaste able to be swallowed and also teaches the child to practice proper oral hygiene. There are many brands of toothpaste that do not contain fluoride on the market, and you can change it with one with fluoride when the child is old enough to use it.
The baby should start brushing with one fluoride toothpaste from the age of 3 years, but it is best to set up a clinic consultation to give you all the details.
Even when a fluoride toothpaste is safe for the child, you should continue monitoring during brushing, as it may not have the skills or dexterity to properly brush your teeth.
We are waiting for you at Andra Smile's office for more information.
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