In February 2014, the American Dental Association (ADA) revised its position on fluoride toothpaste for young children. With such recent updated recommendations, it could mean that information you find online is out of date. We recommend using the following points to help you decide when to start your child on a toothpaste that includes fluoride. Let's go over the most up-to-date information regarding children and toothpaste.
What Does Fluoride Do?
Just like adults, children are susceptible to tooth decay. Did you know that according to the ADA, 25% of children have a cavity by the time they enter kindergarten? It's no wonder you want to help your child with their oral care routine as soon as possible. As soon as your child's teeth come in, which usually begins around six months of age, you should be consistent about brushing them with toothpaste.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that's often found in public drinking water. It's now also an additive in many kinds of toothpaste. It strengthens the hard outer layer that protects the teeth, known as enamel. Flouride is an essential substance for your child's teeth to stay healthy and strong. But since not all tap and bottled water contain fluoride, your child must use toothpaste that contains it.