As a first time mom to Andre, there were so many I havent figured out. My husband and I tried to prepare (we took prenatal classes, attended workshops, and I read books and articles whenever I had free time). But you can never be too prepared. We made and still make many mistakes (sorry, baby).
One of those mistakes I regret to this day is not visiting a dentist as soon as Andre’s first teeth popped out. He was an early teether. We thought those Xylitol baby toothpaste were enough to clean his teeth properly and that fluoride at that age was bad per se. By the time we brought Andre to the dentist at about a year old (sorry, mommy brain!), he already had a few stains on his teeth. It’s a good thing though that we weren’t that late. Damage was arrested and our pediatric dentist taught us important stuff, such as:
- We should’ve given him fluoride kiddie toothpaste as soon as his teeth were out.
- Xylitol-based toothpaste are not enough to fight cavity.
- Children will not be poisoned by fluoride as long as given in just the right amount.
- “Children under three years old should brush twice daily, with a smear of toothpaste containing no less than 1000 ppm (parts per million) fluoride. Children between three and six years old should brush at least twice daily with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing more than 1000ppm fluoride. Adults should brush at least twice daily with a toothpaste containing 1350-1500ppm fluoride.”
Since then, we maintained a regular cleaning and fluoride application schedule for Andre, and he has gotten used to dental visits that even if it’s my appointment, he insists on sitting on the dentist’s chair! So we are excited when we got an awesome package from Colgate, which had one of Andre’s favorite characters, Minions!!! I just let the package on his table and the next thing I knew, he was brushing by himself, using the Minions toothbrush and toothpaste. I didn’t have to ask him to brush and it wasn’t his schedule to brush, but he was just excited to use the pair that he did it without me knowing. (Reminds me to keep adult stuff in high places. This kid is too curious, too independent!)
I checked, and the toothpaste for 0-6 years old contains 1000 ppm fluoride, yay!
You can get your own Colgate Minions toothbrush and toothpaste set here: