A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry, Monica Boniadi, DDS, cares for patients at her Laguna Hills facility, Laser & Cosmetic Dental Institute of Orange County, Inc. In practice for 18 years, Dr. Boniadi features implant crowns, oral pathology, root canals, and veneers. Pediatric dentistry ranks among Monica Boniadi’s numerous offerings and, thus, she regularly monitors developments in pediatric dentistry.
In February 2014, the American Dental Association issued a statement regarding the use of fluoride toothpaste for children. For many years, the organization recommended that children brush their teeth solely with water until six years old and then use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. However, nearly 25% of all children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. Moreover, the February edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association published a report saying that brushing with fluoride toothpaste had significant benefits in stopping tooth decay for people of all ages.
Under the group’s new recommendations, children younger than three should receive a “smear” of toothpaste. From three to six, they should use toothpaste around the size of a grain of rice. The American Dental Association also warns that regular consumption of this amount of toothpaste may cause dental fluorosis, or staining of the tooth enamel, so parents should teach children to spit as soon as possible.