Why Brush Your Baby Teeth?
The importance of maintaining the health of baby teeth is often underestimated. Primary teeth are essential for speech, chewing, development of the jaw and, above all, to maintain the correct alignment and space for permanent teeth. Brushing milk teeth prevents bad breath and tooth decay, in addition to eliminating the bacterial plaque associated with the periodontal disease of small children.
What are the differences between pasta of different brands?
Although not all pastes are the same, most of them contain abrasive ingredients to remove stains, cleaning agents to remove plaque, fluoride to strengthen the enamel and some good flavor to make the brushing more pleasant and leave a refreshing feeling.
The biggest difference between the different brands is the thickness of the pasta, the level of fluoride they contain and the type of flavor. Although fluoride strengthens enamel and repels plaque buildup, exposing children’s teeth to too much can damage them, a condition known as dental fluorosis . Children between 1 and 4 years are the most exposed to this problem, so that fluoride levels should be carefully monitored at this age.
So, what pasta should I choose for my children?
The most important consideration you should make before making a choice is to take into account the age of the child. Oral care at home should start before the eruption of the first tooth. The way to do it is to scrub a wet cloth through the gums after each meal.
Brushing itself should start before two years, when the child already has some teeth. At the beginning, you should choose a baby toothpaste that does not contain fluoride. The taste of pasta is not important, so we must choose the one that our son likes the most.
After three years you can choose a toothpaste with fluoride. You only need to use a quantity of pasta similar to the size of a grain of rice and you should encourage your child to spit the pasta once the brushing is finished. It’s okay if you swallow some pasta, but you must be careful so that you learn not to do it. Dental fluorosis ceases to be a risk when the child turns 8 years old.