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Ways of Making Eating Toothpaste a Habit Your Child Never Develops

Posted on 6/8/2020 by Classic Smiles
Ways of Making Eating Toothpaste a Habit Your Child Never DevelopsWhy is it that your child will turn their nose up at stuff like broccoli and Brussel sprouts, but the moment you turn your back, they're eating all of the things they shouldn't, like toothpaste? We don't know. Children in general can be a mystery at times, but today we're going to explore how to keep your child from eating toothpaste and why that's important. Figuring out how to get them to eat their vegetables? Well, that one's up to you!

Why Your Child Shouldn't Eat Toothpaste

Toothpaste is a vital part of your child's good oral health. It's full of fluoride, cleansing agents and flavors that appeal to children, but this also means that it tastes good and kids want to eat it. Fluoride helps to strengthen your child's enamel, but too much of it can cause minor stomach irritation which could include vomiting. Swallowing a tiny amount isn't harmful, but consuming large quantities can not only cause physical discomfort, it can cause cosmetic discoloration on the teeth as well.

So how to stop them from eating it? The first step is making sure that your child is properly supervised during brushing time. Assist your child in brushing their teeth from the time they first begin getting teeth and teach them how to spit properly. The second step is using the appropriate amount of toothpaste. Prior to age three, the only amount of toothpaste your child needs is a smear on their toothbrush. This is plenty to get the teeth clean and such a minute amount that if your child does swallow some, it's not harmful. After age three, a pea sized amount of toothpaste is all that they need to get the job done.

Call our office and schedule your child's next checkup and we can demonstrate to you the difference between a smear and a pea sized amount if you have questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
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