Fluoride is important for all ages, including our little ones, to decrease cavity risk! A rice-grain-size of fluoridated toothpaste on a brush is appropriate for children under the age of two, while a pea-sized amount is appropriate for ages 2-6. Parents should help a child brush and floss at least once a day until they have the dexterity and understanding of how to do a good job on their own (usually around the age of 10 years). When the child can spit, encourage the use of an over-the counter rinse that contains fluoride once per day. At each office visit, fluoride varnish treatments are recommended as we can offer a higher concentration of fluoride than can be found in over-the-counter toothpastes or mouth rinses.