Tooth brushing is one of the most important tasks for good oral health. Many toothpastes and tooth polishes, however, can damage young smiles. They contain harsh abrasives, which can wear away young tooth enamel. When looking for a toothpaste for your child, make sure to pick one that is recommended by the American Dental Association® as shown on the box and tube. These toothpastes have undergone testing to insure they are safe to use.

Use only a smear of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) to brush the teeth of a child less than 3 years of age. For children 3 to 6 years old, use a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively on their own. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

We welcome you to call Pediatric Dentistry of San Antonio if you have any questions about the right toothpaste to use for your child, or about pediatric dentistry in San Antonio, Texas. We will be happy to discuss options with you, provide you with more information, or help you schedule an appointment with our board certified pediatric dentists, Dr. Derrick Cantu or Dr. Christi Wengler. Call us today at 210-680-7841.