How Much Toothpaste Should Your Kids Be Using?

How Much Toothpaste Should Your Kids Be Using?

Parents often have this question about how much toothpaste their kids should be using. Concerns exist over when fluoride levels go from good for teeth to bad for people. There’s also the expense of toothpaste if it is being wasted. Here are a few tips to help you manage toothpaste usage in your home.

Toothpaste Amounts for Small Children

When your child’s first tooth emerges, you should start brushing it with an infant-friendly brush and paste. However, you shouldn’t use more than a dot of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. That is plenty to get a nice foam going in a baby’s mouth. Try to wipe out as much as you can with a clean, wet cloth after brushing.

As your baby gets older, you can gradually increase the amount of toothpaste used. Toddlers should get a ball of toothpaste about the size of a pea. Remember that swallowing fluoride is bad, so don’t switch over to a fluoride toothpaste until you can teach your child to spit after brushing.

The Toothpaste Advertising Myth

Toothpaste ads show these beautiful streaks of toothpaste covering the entire brush, so naturally we assume that by the time we hit adulthood, that is how much toothpaste we should be using. However, the fact is that a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is sufficient even for an adult human mouth. So be sure to teach your kids not to waste toothpaste just because they see it being done in ads.

Dental Health Tips and More from BRSH+FLSS

At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we’re focused on hygiene and prevention. It’s good for your child’s teeth and well-being as well as for your wallet since restorative procedures are expensive. To get your child started on the path to better oral care, schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists by calling 619-741-1500 today.