When it comes to pediatric dentistry, our focus in our Downey, CA dental practice is simple: set kids up for a future of healthy teeth. But more often than not, that always starts at home.
Some of the most common advice we give to our families is simple. That is: to lay the ground work for good habits for years to come. However, a lot of more specific questions often arise. Like “How do I actually get my child to spit out their toothpaste?” and “Should toddlers be using mouthwash?”
Today, we’ll do our best to answer some of these questions!
“How do I actually get my toddler to spit their toothpaste out?”
Sometimes toddlers just don’t want to spit out the tasty, minty sauce they use to brush their teeth. Some people just like the flavor! But it’s important you impress upon your children how dangerous it can be to swallow toothpaste. Then again, what toddler would understand the danger of excess fluoride (some is good, too much is not)? Our suggestion: just brush with your children. Simply watching you do it the right way is the most effective way for them to learn by example. Better yet, by establishing these habits early on your children grow strong, healthy teeth that won’t need to be fixed with a crown and (hopefully) not fixed by our denture dentists many years down the road.
“Should my toddler be rinsing with mouthwash?”
Just like there are certain foods and drinks that only adults should drink, there are also certain oral hygiene products that aren’t kid friendly. Typically, if your child is younger, toothpaste and mouthwash geared towards children are a bit more “fun” and gentle, and often won’t include some of the harsher ingredients (like alcohol) that many adults might not have a problem with.
“What are some healthy snacks that are also good for my child’s teeth?”
if you’re a busy parent looking for a good, quick, and healthy snack for your child – what about cheese!? You might not realize it, but cheese is one of the healthier snacks for a child’s teeth. On top of a great deal of calcium, cheese also works to help fight the formation of cavities by kickstarting the mouth’s “saliva factory” to help clear away bacteria, decay, and debris. But that’s not all, the phosphorous and calcium and cheese also help reduce the ph level of plaque, while also supporting strong enamel to protect your teeth throughout the day.