There is a new study put forth by the American Dental Association (ADA) with new recommendations on childrens fluoride and when we should start using it. It was suggested previously that when baby teeth started erupting, it was best to just brush them with water until the age of 2 and to start with a pea size amount of fluoridated toothpaste from 2-6 for ingestion purposes. It is now recommended that the earlier we start our children on fluoride, the better it will work by significantly preventing decay. About 25% of children have cavities prior to attending kindergarten so it is now recommended that kids under 3 should have a rice size amount of fluoridated toothpaste or a “smear.” Kids 3-6 should have the pea size amount until they can learn to completely spit it out.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist or hygienist at Szmanda Dental Center. We like to stay on top of new research especially when backed by the ADA and love to share information with our patients to keep them on course with their oral health.