Fluoride for Babies?

Small baby girl is learning to brush her teeth. Isolated on white

The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its guidelines for fluoride for children.   They now recommend using fluoride toothpaste beginning with tooth eruption.

Here are their recommendations:

  • Fluoride toothpaste is recommended for children starting at tooth eruption, regardless of caries risk.
  • A smear (the size of a grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste should be used up to age 3.  After the 3rd birthday, a pea-sized amount may be used.  Parents should dispense toothpaste for young children and supervise and assist with brushing.
  • Fluoride varnish is recommended in the primary care setting every 3-6 months starting at tooth emergence.
  • Over-the-counter fluoride rinse is not recommended for children younger than 6 years due to risk of swallowing higher-than-recommended levels of fluoride.

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