Tooth brushing is one of the most important tasks for good oral health. However, many kinds of toothpaste and tooth polishes can damage young smiles. That's because 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 ensure 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 three years of age. For children three to six 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.