When shopping for children – especially when buying something that will keep their teeth healthy – it is confusing when there are so many options available in the market. Dr Krishnaraj however has an easy answer to the not so so easy question – Which is the best toothpaste for my child?
Dr Krishnaraj Ganeshnarayan is a renowned periodontist with the highest qualifications in dentistry that anyone can possibly have. He is BDS, MDS and also has a Ph.D from the Rutgers University USA.
Dr Krishnaraj is a Consultant Periodntist at Delta Dental Care which is owned and managed by his wife Dr Arundati Krishnaraj. He is also professor at a reputed dental college and has worked extensively to bring about quality assurance in dental practice for NABH.
Dr Krishnaraj enjoys making complicated things in the dental sciences – simple and easy to understand and apply for his patients
In this article he tells us how to choose the best toothpaste for a child.
Over to Dr Krishnaraj
Choosing a toothpaste for a child is a very complicated task because of the wide variety of toothpastes that are available in the market.
There are so many things that are on offer – fresh mint toothpastes – whitening toothpastes – toothpastes that reduce sensitivity and so many others. And so we are truly spoilt for choices.
But what is most important to remember when choosing a toothpaste is – What is the actual purpose of a toothpaste?
The role of the toothpaste is – to help the toothbrush effectively remove the plaque and the food particles.
The detergent present in the toothpaste is the main ingredient that helps in the foaming action.
For kids though – in addition to detergent – one of the most important components of the toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride containing toothpastes prevent tooth decay by strengthening the enamel.
All other toothpastes have limited applicability for children.
At Delta Dental Care – we recommend that all children use fluoridated toothpaste with a soft toothbrush in a circular motion twice a day for effective oral hygiene.
Also, parents please remember that children’s teeth are weaker than adult’s teeth and any decay will progress much faster than adults.
Children by nature are very apprehensive about sitting in the dentist’s chair and if it is compounded by pain, it is all the more difficult to manage them. Please make it a point to observe your children’s teeth daily and visit your dentist often.
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