If you are the parent of a small child, you know that you need to keep an eye on them at all times. They will find all sorts of things to put in their mouths, and they may try to eat things that they should not. Toothpaste is not made to be eaten, and while a little bit of toothpaste will probably not be an issue, a large amount can be a problem.
In order to make brushing more appealing, toothpastes are often designed with kids in mind. In addition to being sold in containers that look like a favorite cartoon character or superhero, many toothpastes come in flavors that kids will enjoy. That will certainly make things easier when it is time for your kids to brush their teeth, if the toothpaste tastes like candy or some other kid-friendly flavor, your child may think it might also make a good snack. If you child eats a large amount of toothpaste, she could experience problems with her stomach or intestinal tract. In some cases, they may experience vomiting, diarrhea, tremors or other problems. If that is the case, you should get to a healthcare professional immediately.
To prevent any problems, keep your child’s toothpaste where she can’t reach it on her own, and supervise while she brushes her teeth. You may even want to brush your teeth with her. Make sure that she understands that she should spit the toothpaste out when she is done brushing, and have her rinse her mouth when she is done.
If you have questions about your child’s dental care, or if you are looking for a family dentist, you should get to know Dr. Clark Romney and the staff at Romney Pediatric Dental. If you live in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area, you can make an appointment at our office by calling 801.960.7913.