So, as Mr. Charming is soon applying to dental school and I'm talking to a lot of mommies getting healthy feedback on raising babies I thought I would post some information I received on keeping your children's teeth healthy from the sign of the first little tooth to their teen years. I stand behind toothpastes such as Tom's of Maine for their fluoride-free options, especially for young little ones.
I know the verdict is mixed on fluoride, however, personally I don't believe it's something I or my future children need to consume. While others may disagree, that's fine :) Everyone has their opinions. I just wanted to provide a suggested timeline for toothpaste and maintenance growth as your child ages.
Age 4-10 months: At the sign of the first tooth, start lightly washing their gums with a warm cloth. Keep juices and sugars to a minimum if you must give them at all.
Age 1: First dentist visit! And start brushing teeth with a toddler toothbrush and a low-foaming, fluoride-free training gel.
Age 2: Dental visit! And make sure your child has now graduated to using a kid's toothpaste and that you've taught them how to brush and spit. Introducing a fluoride toothpaste is now acceptable.
Age 6: This is the age where you child may start losing teeth! Aside from planning fun visits from the tooth fairy you may want to introduce a dye-free, gluten-free and alcohol free mouth rinse.
Age 8: This is a great age to switch from a kiddy-fruity toothpaste to a mild mint.
Age 13: Now that children will have all of their permanent teeth, it's time to switch to an adult toothpaste and toothbrush if they have not already.''