Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: NWH | 2010-07-18

Q.

Brushing toddler teeth

My dentist recommended that I brush my babies teeth with a baby toothpaste (I use acquafresh for milk teeth). I have been using it since he was 7 months, he is now 16 months. I use less than a pea-size. I have heard that that American Paed Association only recommends flouridated toothpaste from age 2. Should I continue using the toothpaste?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This is a good and important question.Yes this toothpaste is safe and effective for toddlers as long as only a small pea size amount of tothpaste is used. Teach your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing and not to swallow the toothpaste.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-07-19

The tiny bit he''ll swallow won''t cause harm.
In the USA their water is flouridated and their toothpaste contains really low amounts of flouride. OUr water is not flouridated and our toothpaste contains quite a bit, most children''s toothpastes contain tiny amounts.

Remember that flouride is very good for teeth and a lot of what is written about it is scare mongering.

You can buy non flouridated toothpaste from clicks, but it costs about R80 a tube.

Using less than a pea sized amount of a baby / little kids toothpaste is fine and won''t cause harm.

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