Q: Is it safe for my child to use a toothpaste with fluoride?
A: Although fluoride is very effective in fighting tooth decay, swallowing too much at a young age can actually disrupt the development of adult teeth.
For children under 3, we recommend regular dental checkups to assess the risk of developing tooth decay. If the risk is high, we will instruct you to brush your child’s teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste.
When your child is between the ages of 3 and 6 only a small amount (a portion the size of a green pea) of fluoridated toothpaste should be used. Children in this age group should be assisted by an adult in brushing their teeth. This is to make sure that they do not swallow their toothpaste and to ensure that the teeth are being cleaned thoroughly!
Book your child’s next appointment with us today at our Garden City and St. Vital dentist offices in Winnipeg.