Fluoride Toothpaste Use for Young Children

Publication Date: January 31, 2014
Last Updated: March 14, 2022

Recomendations

For children younger than 3 years, caregivers should begin brushing children's teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children's brushing to ensure that they use the appropriate amount of toothpaste.
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For children 3 to 6 years of age, caregivers should dispense no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children's brushing to minimize swallowing of toothpaste.
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It is especially critical that dentists provide counseling to caregivers that involves the use of oral description, visual aids and actual demonstration to help ensure that the appropriate amount of toothpaste is used.
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Recommendation Grading

Overview

Title

Fluoride Toothpaste Use for Young Children

Authoring Organizations

Publication Month/Year

January 31, 2014

Last Updated Month/Year

January 9, 2024

Supplemental Implementation Tools

Document Type

Consensus

External Publication Status

Published

Country of Publication

US

Document Objectives

To assess the effectiveness and safety of using fluoride toothpaste for young children

Target Patient Population

Children who are at risk of developing caries

Inclusion Criteria

Child, Infant

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Childcare center, School

Intended Users

Dentist, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant

Scope

Prevention, Management

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D005459 - Fluorides, D003731 - Dental Caries, D005460 - Fluorides, Topical, D014100 - Toothpastes

Keywords

caries, dental, fluoride, toothpaste

Supplemental Methodology Resources

Data Supplement