Too Much Toothpaste?

Guidelines for Brushing Children's Teeth from Door County Dental Care in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Did you know that many children are using too much toothpaste to brush their teeth? The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children under the age of three use an amount of toothpaste equal to the size of a grain of rice. For children ages 3 to 6 the ADA recommends that an amount of toothpaste equal to the size of a pea be used. A toothbrush specifically designed for children should be used.

 It is advised that toothpaste containing topical fluoride be used to strengthen teeth and help prevent cavities, however the swallowing of topical fluoride contained in toothpaste can affect the color of developing teeth that have not yet emerged from the gums. Toothpaste that contains fluoride has a larger amount of fluoride than fluoridated water. Parents should always ensure that their children are not swallowing toothpaste or the foamy mixture from brushing with toothpaste. It is recommended that children brush both in the morning and evening. If you have any questions about brushing your children’s teeth don’t hesitate to ask the friendly staff at Door County Dental Care.