Why is toothpaste so important?
Toothpaste contains fluoride which has remineralising properties to strengthen the teeth.
How much toothpaste should my child use?
- Under 2years: 'Smear' as very few teeth present
- 2-5years old: 'Pea size'
- 6 years and over: Cover the toothbrush head
Which toothpastes are suitable?
Childrens toothpastes usually have the correct amount of fluoride in them. Recommended fluoride amounts keep changing due to research so it is best to ask your dentist to do a fluoride assessment so your child has the correct amount of fluoride exposure. Too little does not provide enough protection and too much can affect the appearance of the adult teeth.
What we recommend:
Ensure your child does NOT swallow toothpaste as this can cause the aesthetics of adult teeth to be affected (fluorosis). Stick to one brand of toothpaste where possible. Some children do not like the taste of toothpaste - if this is the case, try different brands/just use a smaller amount of adult toothpaste.