It is safe and desirable to use toothpaste with fluoride as soon as possible. One of the criteria is that your child can understand the need to spit out excess toothpaste and not swallow it. If you use a minimal amount (less that Â¼ to Â½ of a pea size), you are probably safe. We do not want our children swallowing toothpaste because if children swallow too much fluoride on a regular basis, it can cause permanent staining of their permanent teeth, which are developing in their jaws from birth until 12 years old.
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.