Dental Association Recommends Fluoride Toothpaste for Infants and Toddlers — Physician’s First Watch
Dental Association Recommends Fluoride Toothpaste for Infants and Toddlers
By Kelly Young
The American Dental Association is recommending that caregivers start brushing children's teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth comes in. Previously, caregivers were instructed to use water to clean the teeth of children ages 2 years and younger.
The new recommendation is for a smear of fluoride toothpaste — roughly the size of a grain of rice — to be used in children under 3 years old. For children aged 3 to 6, the amount can be increased to the size of a pea. These small amounts are unlikely to lead to fluorosis, according to the association. Children should spit out the toothpaste as soon as they are able to do so.