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Baby Dental, Children and Toothpaste

Saturday, Apr. 29th 2017 6:05 AM

Question: When it comes to toothpaste, when should we begin using it and how much should we use? I have a two and a five year old.

Reply: The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop and perform or assist your child’s tooth brushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively.  Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

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