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Your Child’s Teeth Caring for your child’s teeth from Birth-Adulthood

May 22, 2015 1:40 pm Published by

Thanks to some new studies the recommendations for pediatric dental health have changed.  Here are a few important facts about your child’s teeth:

  • You should begin brushing your child’s teeth from the time of the first tooth eruption
  • Children ages 6 months-3 years should use a rice grain sized amount of toothpaste.  This amount should increase to a pea size after age 3.
  • Children should not rinse after brushing their teeth as it is clear that fluoride works best “topically” or when it remains on the teeth.
  • Fluoride is safe and efficacious for all ages, and there is no danger associated with swallowing toothpaste
  • Efforts should be made to wean children off bottles by age one to protect teeth.  Gummy candies, fruit chews, and other high sugar treats should be avoided.
  • Supplemental fluoride orally is only necessary in children who have a high risk of dental caries and have no fluoride in their water source.
  • First dentist visit is recommended between ages 1-2.


Rice grain sized toothpaste on the left for ages 6 months – 2 years. Pea sized toothpaste for 3 -6 years.

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