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New Toothpaste Guidelines!

May 20, 2015

Toothpaste Concentration

Back in 2013, I wrote a post highlighting the differences between training toothpaste and fluoride toothpaste. Since that post, the pediatric guidelines for toothpaste have changed!

New Rules: According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, fluoride toothpaste should be used beginning at age ONE.  Even if your child cannot spit adequately, or even if your child only has a few teeth, this tiny amount of Fluoride toothpaste is OK and should be used. Put a rice grain amount of toothpaste on the brush, and get your kiddos teeth clean!  If your child can spit adequately, then up the amount of toothpaste from a rice grain smear to a pea sized amount.

The AAPD changed its guidelines after many well documented studies supported the benefits of using Fluoride toothpaste at an earlier age. This NYTimes Article also summarizes the decision well.

If your child wants more toothpaste, then go for the training one. You only need to use the Fluoride toothpaste one time in the morning and at night.

Happy Brushing!

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