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when can babies start using fluoride toothpaste? i remember reading that swallowing toothpaste with fluoride in it can cause an upset stomach. so, what is the right age to start using it?

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Dr. Michael Wollock
28 years experience Dentistry
Seattle, When : Seattle, when the can spit. Ingestion of Fluoride in infants is not recommended or safe if in larger amounts. The age at which children can expectorate (spit) varies greatly. But only when they have mastered this "talent" is it the right time to start them on toothpaste containing fluoride. Till then they make baby toothpaste which has no fluoride. Hope this is helpful, michael i. Wollock, dmd, agd fellow dentistry at suburban square 610-649-0313.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Not till at least 3: You should brush a babies teeth using a soft infant sized toothbrush and plain water, or use an infant toothpaste with no fluoride. Once they can reliably rinse and spit you can start using a pea sized amount of a Fluoride toothpaste. While upset stomach is unpleasent the more important problem is developing dental fluorosis on the permanent teeth that are forming from birth to age six.
Answered on Nov 2, 2015
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Dr. Gilberto Nunez
17 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Depends: Each child learns to rinse and spit at different ages, when your child is able to recognize that he needs to rinse and spit after brushing then he can use Fluoride toothpaste.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
36 years experience Dentistry
Usually not: Pediatric dentist advise use of Fluoride toothpaste under 2 years for only those children with high risk for tooth decay. Flouride toothpaste, use slightly large peasized amount ot toothpaste for ages 2-6 years, and under 2, use a smear amount.
Answered on Apr 2, 2016
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