Just wondering at what age you are supposed to encourage your dc's to spit the toothpaste? My dd is 2.10 and dosn't spit - we get through 2 blobs of toothpaste per brushing session as I have to let her have a go at cleaning first, which of course at that age is totally ineffective, before she'll let me have a go...so I guess she is eating a fair bit of toothpaste! Is this OK? Thanks in advance for any advice
My 2 year old doesn't spit either - but I did read somewhere that actually it's better not to - as they get more protection from the flouride if they don't spit, assuming they're using the right age toothpaste of course.
I think when they were tiny, I used so little toothpaste that it didn't matter too much, though I still tried to encourage spitting. Now they're older (and much better at spitting), I'm happy to use a bit more toothpaste.
Until I read the articles supplied by JackieNo, was feeling fairly relaxed at not encouraging spitting....now I'm a tad worried about the amount of toothpaste we use for brushing as we don't spit!
What scarey reading! Am horrified at the prospect of dd ending up with brown, mottled teeth. Before I got to the end of the Times article, I had already dreamt up a rinsing and spitting game involving a glass of water....then it says don't rinse, just spit. As 33k says, how to get them to do it! Will have to try tho, and from now on will give dd her brush with no paste on to do her 'cleaning' and save the 1 pea sized dose for my turn!! Blimey, another for the list of 'do's' and 'dont's'!!!
spitting started here last week when boy learnt to spit and was spitting alover the place to show offhis new skill. I'm now channeling it to after tooth brushing. hes 2.5 before last week he simply didn't know how to spit. hes till on a smear of toothpaste tho. he has a go then i give a good brush with no extra tooth paste. dentist has been happy with his teeth so far.