What kind of toothpaste and toothbrush should I buy for my child?


At First Care Dental, we know that starting your kids off with healthy oral hygiene habits benefits them for a lifetime. They’ll get into the habit of making time to take care of their teeth, which will have a positive effect for the rest of their lives.

Toothpaste:  We recommend flavored toothpaste that your child will enjoy using, but the most important thing to look for when choosing a toothpaste for your child is fluoride. Fluoride toothpastes help prevent decay and tooth loss. You probably get fluoride from the public water supply, but it’s still beneficial for your child to brush with a fluoride toothpaste. The American Dental Association has recently suggested that children up to the age of two use a rice-sized portion of fluoride toothpaste when their teeth are brushed. After this and up until the age of six the amount should be pea-sized. After brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, gently rinse with water.

Toothbrush: There are many choices for toothbrushes these days, but we recommend that you talk to one of our doctors or hygienists before you decide which is right for your child. Children between one and two usually just need a finger brushing. Simply wrap a strip of gauze around your fingertip and use your finger to brush. Between three and five we recommend a spin brush, and for kids six and older, just about any soft toothbrush will work fine.

We suggest that you try to make tooth-brushing fun for your child. If they resist, don’t react negatively yourself or you may just make the whole process more uncomfortable for them. Take your time, make it fun, and in no time they’ll see the process as part of their normal routine.

Please call our Carson City dental office to schedule an appointment, and we'll be happy to show you the best way to brush your child's teeth.