When should we begin using it and how much should we use?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, usually after six months of age, parents should start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a “smear” of toothpaste to just barely “flavor” the toothbrush when brushing a child’s teeth at less than 2 years of age.mFor the 2-5 year old, dispense a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Parents should be actively involved in their child’s toothbrushing until the child is at least 6 years of age.