When Should Your Child Start Using Toothpaste, And How Much Is Safe?
Good oral hygiene starts from birth. After feeding, cradle your baby in your arm, wrap index finger with a clean moistened cloth, gently massage around the gum. This will reduce bacterial growth in baby’s mouth.
Baby teeth erupts between 6 ~12 months. It is advisable to help remove plaque by wiping their mouth with a soft cloth or finger brush, including front of the tongue after meal and before bedtime.
When more teeth erupted, switch to a soft toddler toothbrush. It is advisable to use fluoride-free toothpaste until children has developed the ability to spit. Fluoride toothpaste can be introduced in size of a grain of rice while toddler learning to spit. Try to angle your toddlers’ head slightly downward to allow extra toothpaste dribbles out from their mouth to minimize the risk of swallowing. Follow the amount guide and not to worry if your toddler accidentally swallows a small amount of toothpaste.
It is advisable to use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for children aged 3 to 6. Fluoride is an important agent to prevent decay, slow down and reverse early stage of tooth decay, strengthens weakened tooth surface and prevent growth of harmful oral bacterial.
Dr. Goh Nien Cze
Klinik Pergigian Goh NC
Parit Buntar, Perak