What is the recommended amount of fluoride toothpaste for toddler use? The American Dental Association offers new guidelines and discusses the age at which the cavity prevention process should begin.

An article by New York Times reporter Catherine Saint Louis shares insight from the American Dental Association that “overturns the A.D.A’s decades-old recommendation to start using a pea-size amount at 24 months.

Their latest advice: a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste should be used twice daily as soon as baby teeth make an appearance. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop, the updated guidelines say.

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