The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) as well as the Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have changed their recommendations on when to introduce fluoride toothpaste to the general population of children. Fluoride toothpaste is now recommended for use in children as soon as their first tooth comes in. The important thing to note is the amount by which to use. The following amounts of fluoride toothpaste are recommended for use in children, no more than twice daily.
- A ‘rice-grain’ – For children less than 3 years of age.
- A ‘pea-size’ – For children aged 3 to 6 years.
This daily exposure of topical fluoride has shown to significantly decrease the incidence of cavities occurring in young children, with very little risk of developing fluorosis (a cosmetic condition affecting adult teeth, caused by overexposure to ingested fluoride during early childhood).
If a rice grain of fluoride toothpaste is not enough for you to obtain a proper brushing for your child, I would recommend to supplement the toothbrush with a fluoride-free toothpaste, prior to brushing.
For more detailed information on the use of fluoride toothpaste for children, please go to the Academy websites at www.aapd.org or www.aap.org.
Dr. Jackie is a pediatric dental specialist and has been certified by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Her specialty training began at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and continued on to New York University College of Dentistry, the NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital and the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. She was awarded for her excellence and achievements in the field of pediatric dentistry by both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Society of Dentistry for Children, honors traditionally given to one recipient each, per graduating year. Dr. Jackie has been providing excellent care in private practice since 2003. To learn more about our office or to schedule an appointment for your child, please visit us online or call us at (858) 755-0050.