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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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At Children’s Center for Dentistry, the health and wellness of our patients, staff, and doctors is our top priority. We have developed a re-opening plan, starting May 13, 2020, that is approved within the Governor’s shelter-in-place order that extends through the end of May. Our plan will expand our care back open to essential and preventative services.

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