Toothpaste Q&A: How Much…?

When you’re standing in front of the mirror with your toothbrush in one hand and your toothpaste in the other, do you ever hesitate? Do you squeeze some out onto the bristles and then wonder if it’s the right amount, too little, or too much? Perhaps you’re uncertain about other details regarding your paste use as it applies to your dental hygiene. The good news is that we can quickly solve this dilemma by offering answers to some very common questions about just this topic!

Questions and Answers

Question: How much toothpaste should I use each time I brush my teeth?

Answer: You should use a small dot (about the amount of a pea). You may be surprised, assuming you should be using the amount that matches the length of your toothbrush head. However, that is far too much and a waste of toothpaste!

Question: How much toothpaste should my child use during each dental hygiene session?

Answer: Young children (three years of age and younger) should only use the amount of paste that equals a grain of rice. Then, from four years on, it’s a pea-size dollop for everyone.

Question: How much is too much if I or my child accidentally swallows toothpaste?

Answer: If you or your child swallows the amount of toothpaste you’ve used for a dental hygiene session, there’s no cause for alarm. However, if you swallow more than that, you should call a poison control center. In most instances, eating more than the amount suggested for brushing will lead to stomach upset. However, swallowing a significant amount can become dangerous.

Get Your Dental Hygiene Facts Straight

Talk over the details of your dental hygiene with us during your next appointment. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.