Toothpaste use has gained national attention thanks to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control!
The study concluded that 40% of American children may be using too much toothpaste! This is a clear instance where more is not better. At City Kids Dental North Shore, we recommend that you assist your child with brushing until approximately age 8. While working to build great habits, you can ensure your child is not swallowing too much paste. This will maximize your preventive efforts and minimize the chance of dental fluorosis (white speckling, mottling or discoloration of enamel). This is so important during the early ages where adult teeth are actively forming. Parents and caregivers are advised to ensure these recommended amounts— a rice size smear of fluoride toothpaste at age 2, and no more than a pea-sized amount for children ages 3 to 6 years.
At City Kids Dental North Shore, our focus in on prevention! We offer Infant, Child, Adolescent Patient Examinations. Based on our caries risk assessment of your child, we provide individualized instructions in oral hygiene, diet/nutrition, and home fluoride use. Make an appointment today! 847-446-0950.