To fight cavities in children, the North Carolina Dental Society (NCDS) is encouraging caregivers to brush their children’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth comes in.
This new guidance expands the use of fluoride toothpaste for young children. It follows the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) recent recommendation that caregivers use a light smear of fluoride toothpaste (or an amount about the size of a grain of rice) for children younger than three years old and a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste for children three to six years old.
"For 50 years, dentists have recommended that patients use fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities,” says Dr. Ron Venezie, an Apex, N.C. pediodontist and president-elect of the NCDS. “A review of scientific research shows that this holds true for all ages, especially given the high levels of decay among young children.”