Dentist | BenchMark Dental | Windsor, Greeley & Loveland, CO | Q: When should we begin using toothpaste and how much should we use?

A: Great oral health starts immediately. Starting at birth, very gently clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush.  You can also use a soft cloth and water.

As soon as your child starts cutting teeth, start brushing twice daily using a training toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use just a tiny smear of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age.  Starting a good habit of brushing the teeth early is very important.  If they are resistant, be persistent!

Once the child is over 2, and able to spit out their toothpaste, start using a fluoride toothpaste.  Dispense a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Use a fluoridated toothpaste, but make sure that your child spits out and does not swallow excess toothpaste while brushing.  Parents should help their children brush up through the age of 6 or 7.  A high quality electric toothbrush, such as a Sonicare brush, will make the process easier!  If you are interested in electric brushes, please be aware that we carry them in our office at discounted prices.

Remember that young children do not have the knowledge or ability to brush their teeth effectively. You should assist them and guide them during those early years. It is also helpful to get a two minute timer that will keep them brushing for at least two minutes two times per day.

 

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