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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This post was written by Lancaster Pediatrics