How Much Toothpaste Should Your Child Actually Be Using?


Is your child brushing their teeth with the “correct” amount of toothpaste? If you have no clue, you might want to press pause and do a bit of research—too much or too little can actually end up impacting their smile and their health.

The American Dental Association recommends kids “use a smear of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) from the time the first tooth erupts until age 3 years. After that point, from 3 years to 6 years, children should use a pea-sized amount of paste.”

Beyond that, you should make sure your little one is using a formulated-specifically-for-kids toothpaste (and this should have absolutely earned the ADA Seal Of Acceptance). Same goes for toothbrushes, actually; adult-sized toothbrushes typically have rougher bristles and are, of course, much too large for a child’s mouth and teeth.

Feel free to reach out if you have any concerns or questions!