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Children's Center for Dentistry
GREGORY DIETZ DMD

When should we begin using toothpaste?

For most children, we recommend adding a small smear of toothpaste onto the toothbrush at 2 years old, and then increasing to a pea-sized amount from age 3 on up. This helps to control the amount of toothpaste that a child swallows. While it's perfectly fine to swallow a little bit of fluoride, we want to help your child avoid swallowing a large amount of fluoride. 

If your child appears to be at a higher risk for developing cavities, we will discuss whether toothpaste should be introduced earlier.

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We would like to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community by asking patients to call and reschedule if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, if you have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19, or you have traveled to a COVID-19 hot spot or out of state within the past two weeks. In addition, we are limiting only one parent/guardian to accompany our patients unless otherwise agreed upon. All persons that enter our building are to wear masks and are asked to keep a minimum social distance of 6 feet.