Children under 3 years - Smear
Children under 3 years of age should only use a smear of toothpaste.
Children 3-6 years - Pea sized
Children aged 3-6 years should only use a blob sized amount of toothpaste.
Start brushing as soon as the first tooth appears (usually at about 6 months of age), at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste last thing at night and on at least one other occasion
Brushing at bedtime is important as it makes sure that the fluoride continues to protect the teeth while your child is asleep
Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing and do not let them rinse out with water as this will wash away the fluoride and reduces how well it works – spit don’t rinse
How much fluoride?
Children aged 0-6 years: 1350-1500 parts per million (ppm) fluoride
Children under three years old: no less than 1000 ppm fluoride
Children between three and six years: more than 1000 ppm fluoride
The amount of fluoride can be found on the side of the tube or on the packaging
Visiting the dentist
Take your child to see the dentist as soon as their teeth start to appear, and visit regularly, as often as your dentist recommends