Parents of children here at Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News often wonder when to switch their child's fluoride-free toothpaste to regular toothpaste for adults. It actually depends on the ability of the child to spit out all the toothpaste and when they stop swallowing.
Although there isn't a particular age or strict deadline set to change, a lot of children become ready as they reach age six. You may talk about this concern to your pediatric dentist for specific recommendations for your child. They may able to provide tips to ensure your kid starts a good oral health habit.
Brushing without using toothpaste is practically fine from age one or when the first tooth emerges, this will help prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Pediatric dentists usually advise parents to not let their child sleep with a bottle, and as much as possible parents should minimize using pacifiers or bottles.
When the child reaches 2-5 years old, he or she can start using a small amount of fluoride-free toothpaste. As a parent, it is important to guide them during brushing and teach them the proper technique. Also, remind them to spit out the product. Early training can contribute a lot in preventing cavities at tender age. Have them brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
Furthermore, bring them to their dentist regularly at least twice a year to monitor the development of their teeth and overall oral health.