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Fluoride toothpaste use in young children — updated recommendations

This just came in from the American Dental Association: New recommendations for our young parents who are interested in using fluoride for their children’s teeth.  February of 2014

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs conducted a systematic review of the evidence. The results of the study demonstrate that for children younger than 6 years, fluoride toothpaste use is effective in caries control. Based on the evidence, the Council recommends the following:

Fluoride – Updated Recommendations.

  • For children younger than three years, caregivers should begin brushing children’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice.
  • For children 3 to 6 years of age, caregivers should dispense no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Photo showing how much toothpaste to use, grain of rice, pea size.

How much fluoride to use on young children.

Taken From http://www.ada.org/epubs/highroad/scitech/february/140207.html#one

We at Seasons of Smiles Dental love all our kids, and we will strive to help them have hard, healthy, beautiful teeth. If you have any questions or concerns, please call at (207) 236-4740.

Norman Medina DDS
Norman Medina DDS

Norman Medina DDS, graduated from Loma Linda University Dental School in 1994. He has been practicing dentistry in Midcoast Maine since 1994. He and his wife Lanita have four children.

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