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Amount of Toothpaste for a Baby

How Much Toothpaste should I use for My Baby

Babies require regular brushing as soon as their first tooth emerges and this includes using toothpaste and toothbrushes that have been specifically designed with the needs of babies in mind, and their small size. It’s imperative to your child’s dental health that you don’t think that because the teeth will eventually fall out and be replaced by adult teeth that they do not need to be cleaned. Nothing can be farther from the truth and your child’s dental hygiene now will set him or her up for their future of oral hygiene.

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How to Effectively Brush your Child’s Teeth?

It is understandable that many questions begin to arise when parents take on the responsibility of ensuring the best possible dental health for their child including what products to use and how to effectively brush their child’s teeth. One question that many pediatric dentists receive is how much toothpaste to use when brushing a baby’s teeth.

Even before using toothpaste you can wipe your baby’s gums with gauze and warm water to remove breast milk and other formulas even before your baby has teeth. You can also buy small, thimble like rubbery devices to help remove excess food and germs from your pre-teething baby’s mouth.

How Often You Need to Change a Toothbrush?

Babies that have teeth only require a very small amount of toothpaste, if any at all, when they are as young as six to 12 months old the toothpaste amount should only be about the size of a grain of rice. Many parents also find it challenging to reach the small teeth that are in some cases, not fully emerged and in this case it is recommended that a small piece of muslin or gauze is used, rather than a toothbrush. However, there are toothbrushes that are designed for the small mouth and teeth of a baby. These toothbrushes have a very small head and soft bristles. Toothbrushes need to be changed every 1-3 months or when the bristles start to spread or flay out. If the toothbrush is not changed it can cause pain and discomfort to the gums, as a young baby is constantly teething, and spread out bristles will irritate an already uncomfortable area.


A Special Toothpaste Made for Babies

As the child grows older and is two to three years old, the toothpaste amount can increase to the size of a small pea. Children that are younger than 3 require a special toothpaste made for babies that has less than 1000ppu (parts per unit) of fluoride and children should not use their parents’ toothpaste until they are at least 3 years old. 2-3 years old is also a good age to begin transitioning the baby from parents brushing the teeth to the child.

Pediatric Dentists at the Chapnick Dental Office

Your pediatric dentist is available to answer your questions and to discuss how to take care of your baby’s teeth at any stage of life, including how much toothpaste to use for your baby. Contact a pediatric dentist at the Chapnick Dental Office to book an appointment for a dental checkup for your baby by calling the dental team at any time.

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At Chapnik Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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