When should I begin using toothpaste to clean my child’s teeth?

When the baby’s first tooth erupts, you can use a tiny spot of fluoridated toothpaste. When the child reaches the age of three, you can increase this amount to a pea-sized dollop. Be sure to supervise the brushing process to ensure that the child is using an appropriate amount of toothpaste. Children are naturally inclined to swallow the toothpaste, but the consumption of excessive amounts of fluoride may cause staining of the teeth.

Appropriate Amounts of Toothpaste for Children