Should my child brush with fluoride toothpaste?

This is the number one question asked by parents. Yes to fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts, as recommended by the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Fluoride is known as nature’s cavity fighter because it makes the teeth more resistant to tooth decay. In Medina County many of you have well water, which is not optimally fluoridated. This means topical fluoride (like that in toothpaste) is extra important for the health of your child's teeth. The photos below describe how much fluoride toothpaste to use. Children under 3 should be using an amount less than a grain of rice—even if they cannot yet grasp the idea of spitting it out. Those 3 and older can use a pea-sized amount. 

Toothpaste Under 3

Children under age three should use no more than a smear of fluoride toothpaste.


Over 3 Toothpaste Amount