Selecting the appropriate dental products for your children can be a daunting task with the multitude of options available in the dental aisle. Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz, along with our team, aim to assist you in making an informed decision tailored to your child’s needs.
Consider your child’s age and developmental stage when choosing dental products. Most kids lack the dexterity needed for proper flossing until around the age of 12. If your child is under 12, be sure to assist with flossing every night. Alternatively, flossers designed for children offer different-sized handles, catering to various hand sizes and making the task more manageable.
When selecting a toothbrush for your child, ensure that the head is slightly larger than the top portion of their thumb. An overly large toothbrush may struggle to reach small areas in the mouth effectively. Battery-powered toothbrushes are recommended as they enhance overall brushing quality for both adults and children.
For children unable to spit, opt for fluoride-free toothpaste to prevent unintentional swallowing. Look for toothpaste with xylitol as the first ingredient, a natural sweetener beneficial to teeth. Choose a flavor that appeals to your child, as enjoyment can encourage consistent brushing habits.
Examine the toothpaste ingredients based on your child’s needs. Sodium fluoride effectively combats cavities, making it suitable for those with a sweet tooth or a history of cavities. Stannous fluoride, with anti-bacterial properties, is another option to discourage cavities. Triclosan is an ingredient suppressing bacteria, beneficial for children at high risk for cavities.
Anti-sensitivity toothpaste, containing potassium nitrate for sore gums and teeth, is readily available. If you’re uncertain about the ideal dental products for your child, reach out to our Boca Raton office. Armed with general information about your child’s dental health, we can provide guidance to ensure you make the right choices.
For assistance in selecting the right toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash for your child, rely on Sindledecker Dentistry. We are committed to helping you prioritize your child’s dental health.