What kind of toothpaste should my child be using?
The most important factor when selecting the most appropriate toothpaste for your child is the age recommendation as this will dictate the amount of fluoride most beneficial to your child’s age group. There are many brands of toothpaste and usually, the brand chosen will depend on what flavour of toothpaste that your child prefers. Children aged under 6 years should use a low fluoride children’s toothpaste, while children aged 6 years and above are recommended to use full adult strength toothpaste, IF they are able to spit out. If your child is at high risk of dental decay, the level of fluoride in their toothpaste will be best guided by their dental practitioner.
Spit, don’t rinse!
The spit, don’t rinse technique should be used after brushing. This is the opposite to the advice that many many adults had been previously taught, so it may take some getting used to! The dental guidelines recommend that toothpaste is to be spat out after brushing, and not rinsed with water. This leaves a protective toothpaste residue over the teeth to help prevent tooth decay!