When should my child start using toothpaste, and how much should they use?
Did you know that you should be cleaning your baby’s mouth even before their teeth arrive? Wiping down their gums and other soft tissues with a warm washcloth after feedings helps remove bacteria from their mouth.
Introduce toothpaste with fluoride can when your baby’s first teeth arrive. Use a smear of it on a soft brush designed for infants. They can graduate to a pea-sized amount at the age of 2-5 years old. Use an age-appropriate brush that is designed to fit in your child’s mouth with soft bristles, so you don’t injure delicate gum tissue.
Parents should supervise and help with brushing until around the age of 8 years old when their head dexterity is fully developed to ensure that your son or daughter is using the right technique. Also, begin flossing as soon as their teeth have arrived and are contacting.
If you do not want to use toothpaste containing fluoride for your child, we recommend using a xylitol toothpaste. Xylitol is safe to swallow and helps to reduce that cavity-causing bacteria in your child’s mouth.
Contact your team at The Pass Pediatric Dental Group if you have additional questions about brushing your child’s teeth.