We have many parents come to us with a common question, when should we begin using toothpaste for our children and how much should we use?
The short answer is the sooner the better!
Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. When your child gets their first tooth, prior to age one, using training toothpaste is appropriate.
For your baby’s teeth here is a quick reference guide on what to do:
Following your child’s first birthday switch over to a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste, brushing the teeth and gums twice daily. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively therefore parental assistance is key!
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