4.6 European directive for the use of fluorides
The European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) recommends to everybody, including pregnant women, the preventive use of fluoride toothpaste as a primary preventive measure against caries (7). The most effective way to prevent dental caries is tooth brushing twice a day. Children should only spit out the toothpaste and not rinse with water afterwards.
Parents should start brushing children’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts in the concentration and quantity recommended by the EAPD (Table 2) (7). Parents should use the recommended amount of toothpaste and assist or supervise their children with tooth brushing at least up to the age of 7.