Pediatric Dental Group - Toothpaste Update

The American Dental Association (ADA) recently made a change in the recommendation of Fluoride toothpaste use for infants and toddlers.  The report, "Fluoride toothpaste use for young children," and the results of the systematic review, "Fluoride toothpaste efficacy and safety in children younger than 6 years," are published in the February 2014 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.   The link to the ADA Press Release can be found at

It is now recommended that a rice-sized smear of Fluoride toothpaste be used twice daily once teeth start erupting. 

At age 3, use a pea-sized amount of Fluoride toothpaste up until 6 years, or until the child is able to spit out the toothpaste reliably.


This is a big change from the previous recommendations and is based on a comprehensive review of the scientific literature.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!