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Choosing the Best Toothpaste for Your Child

Thinking about switching your child’s toothpaste? Here are a few tips you can consider to make sure you are picking out the right toothpaste for your little one.

Look for fluoride – Always use fluoride-free toothpaste for yourself or for your child. Fluoride is essential for strengthening the teeth and preventing tooth decay, particularly in cavity-prone children.

Relax before bed
To relax before bed, use one of the following relaxation techniques:deep breathing exercises – see the Deep breathing exercises section of this material for instructions;
meditation ;
massage;
listening to soothing music;
reading;
warm bath.
Take it easy
If you can’t get rid of your anxiety, make a list of questions that make you anxious. Then write what you can do to eliminate or reduce that concern. For example, you can ask your doctor about a symptom or talk about your concerns with a friend or family member. Promise yourself that you will do it the next day.
If you cannot sleep apnea, get out of bed and take a short walk. You can also do something for 30 minutes, such as reading a book or doing a crossword puzzle. Then do some relaxation exercises.
Turn the clock so that you cannot see the time. Checking the time constantly can make it difficult for you to calm down and fall asleep.

Check for the ADA Seal of Acceptance – As a rule, we only recommend choosing toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This means the toothpaste meets ADA standards for quality and cavity prevention.

Think about the flavor – Kids may prefer other flavors like cinnamon, strawberry, bubblegum and a particular character on the toothpaste packaging. Ask your child what flavors they prefer. If they love how the toothpaste tastes, they’ll be more consistent and enthusiastic when it’s time to brush.

Product Recommendations – Top Toothpastes for Kids

‍As long as you follow the above tips, you’ll be able to pick the right toothpaste for your child. But if you want a few product recommendations, you can check out the below picks from Hacienda Pediatric Dentistry.

Tom’s Of Maine Children’s Toothpaste Silly Strawberry – With an adequate level of fluoride and a tasty, kid-friendly strawberry flavor, this all-natural toothpaste is sure to please your little ones that refer milder flavors

Aquafresh Kids Cavity Protection Toothpaste Bubble Mint – A unique blend of mint and bubblegum flavors is a hit with older kids, and this toothpaste from Aquafresh contains fluoride and other ingredients to maintain oral health.

Hello Kids Toothpaste in assorted flavors-this is a SLS (sodium laurel sulfate), paraben, sulfate, gluten free, vegan toothpaste brand that can be found in Target stores.  For children that may have sensitive skin or allergies to other toothpaste brands, this is a great option to try.  Just remember that due to the lack of SLS, the toothpaste may not foam as much as other toothpastes

The above products are recommended options, but keep in mind that any toothpaste that contains fluoride, has the ADA seal of approval, and has a tasty, kid-friendly flavor will be a great choice!

Remember To Make Sure Your Kids Brush Consistently – And See the Dentist Regularly! 

Your kids need to brush consistently in order to get the maximum benefits from their toothpaste, so make sure that they are brushing twice a day for at least two minutes, ideally in the morning and at night before bed.

In addition, make sure your little ones see the dentist every six months. A pediatric dentist like Dr. Audrey Sheu at Hacienda Pediatric Dentistry will be able to answer any questions you have about their teeth and examine their mouths to make sure they’re free of cavities and tooth decay.

So don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at 626-507-9982 to schedule a consultation in Hacienda Heights, Walnut, Diamond Bar and Whittier, today, and make sure your child’s teeth are healthy and strong.