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when can children use fluoride toothpaste?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
2 years of age: I normally recommend at 2 years of age.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Two years of age is too young. Children should not use a fluoride toothpaste until they can reliably rinse and spit. For many kids this is between ages 3 1/5 to five years of age.
Sep 21, 2013
Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry 22 years experience
Around 2: When you are sure the child won't swallow the toothpaste. If a child swallows toothpaste with flouride and the adult teeth are developing, they can get something called fluorosis. Fluorosis shows up as ugly brown stains on the adult teeth.
Dr. William Ledford
Dentistry 29 years experience
Varies : A child should not use a Fluoride toothpaste until you can be sure they are not swallowing the extra.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
That depends: Children should not use a fluoridated toothpaste until they can reliably rinse and spit. For many children this is not until they are between 3 1/2 - 5 years of age. There are many non-fluoridated infant toothpastes that can easily be found in your pharmacy and/or supermarket.

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Is using toothpaste with fluoride absolutely necessary? I am allergic to fluoride and use a fluoride-free toothpaste. Is this alright for my children to use as well, or should they stick to using fluoride toothpaste up to a certain age?

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Dr. John Kong
Dentistry 18 years experience
Fluoride : Fluoride toothpaste is not an absolute necessity so long as you brush your teeth well. If you're allergic to fluoride, make sure your children aren't allergic to it as well - go see an allergist. However, Fluoride toothpaste have been shown to strengthen the enamel on teeth and hence reduce cavity in children.

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