There’s a lot to consider, get through, and accomplish in a given day, particularly when you have kids! So, you likely regard simply completing a dental hygiene session successfully quite an achievement! As a result, our Riverside, CA team knows that something you may be losing along the way is a bit of focus in terms of measuring out your dental hygiene products correctly. Didn’t really think this was important? Allow your children’s dentist to offer up some quick guidelines and information, so you can incorporate them into your routine for even better smile protection!

Stick With Suggested Amounts!

Your children’s dentist reminds you that those suggested amounts that you see listed on the toothpaste box: They’re not actually suggestions. They’re directions. They are extremely important because the measurements ensure your child uses enough toothpaste for effective cleansing and protection against problems like decay but that your child doesn’t use too much (which can pose a variety of risks). So, when you see that kids up to three years of age should use a grain-of-rice amount and that anyone older than that can graduate to a pea-size dab, follow these guidelines!

Too Much Fluoride Causes Fluorosis

So, what kinds of risks exist when a child uses too much toothpaste, you’re wondering? Your children’s dentist explains that there are a variety but the primary concern in terms of smile development is something called fluorosis. When kiddos end up with far too much fluoride, it’s going to leave teeth looking stained in some way. This can be fixed eventually. However, it’s easily avoidable!

A Big Mouthful Of Paste Can Yield A Stomach Full

Remember, too much toothpaste means too much of that frothy mixture in one’s mouth! You, an adult, would spit it into the sink. However, kids might do the opposite and swallow it down, which isn’t a habit that you want to start. While swallowing one serving isn’t dangerous, swallowing more than one serving of fluoride can result in digestive distress, reminds your children’s dentist!

Consider Toothpaste Facts From Your Children’s Dentist

Take the time to review your child’s dental hygiene with your children’s dentist! Come in for a scheduled dental checkup and cleaning and remember to bring up your questions, so you can go home with newfound confidence! Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.