How much toothpaste for little kids?

Approximately 25% of children have had cavities before entering kindergarten.  The American Dental Association now says go ahead and give your baby a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice once their first tooth comes in. Then when they are 3 to 6 years old they should graduate to a pea-sized amount.  Kids should spit out the toothpaste as soon as they are old enough to do so.

Pediatric dental application of fluoride toothpaste.


(ADA reported by Ryan Jaslow CBS News)  (hb)

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