Toothpaste: When Should We Begin Using It And How Much Should We Use?

Good dental health begins mere days after birth. Babies need to begin having their gums cleaned (wiped or “brushed”) after each time they eat and before bed. This is true of both bottle and breastfed babies. You can use a damp cloth, a gauze pad, or an infant toothbrush and a bit of water, but toothpaste should not be used until your child’s first tooth has come in. We will get into the details below.

Childhood Toothpaste: When And How Much

Toothpaste: When And How Much?

According to all of the major dental associations, toothpaste should be used once your child’s first teeth come in. This can differ for each child, but you can typically see your child’s baby teeth by six months of age. At this point, you want a very tiny amount of toothpaste – the equivalent of a single grain of rice. You’ll need to brush your child’s teeth twice a day, morning and night. Remember that as soon as your child has his or her first tooth, cavities can develop, which is why it is so important to begin cleaning your child’s gums as soon as they are born.

When your child is around three years of age, you can increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea-sized amount. Note that your child should not swallow the toothpaste. Ensure that as your child grows, you are using a toothbrush specifically designed for the age of your child. Remember, too, that children need help brushing until they are six years old. Once your child is age three and above, it is recommended that they begin using fluoridated toothpaste.

A common question that dentists often get is whether their children should have their teeth brushed with fluoride toothpaste. If your child is under the age of three, it is important to consult their dentist to get an appropriate recommendation. If your child is at a high risk of developing cavities and is under the age of three, the dentist may recommend fluoride toothpaste. To determine whether the toothpaste has fluoride or not, look for toothpaste that has the Canadian Dental Association symbol.

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