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Tuesday
Feb182014

Toothbrush Should Be Used Once Baby Has First Tooth

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The American Dental Association says that even if an infant has just one tooth, that's the time to begin a lifelong regimen of brushing.

As always, the ADA recommends that fluoride toothpaste is best to help prevent cavities.

For years, the ADA has told parents that tooth brushing should start by age two but this new advisory means that a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used when baby's first tooth appears, generally at six months.

The change in policy resulted when the ADA discovered that brushing with "fluoride toothpaste had statistically significant benefits on preventing decay and cavities."

If parents begin caring for their children's teeth earlier, it could reduce the number of kids who get cavities, which is approximately one in four youngsters of kindergarten age.

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