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Our dentist recomended NOT using any toothpaste with the Fluoride until the child can NOT swallow the paste and spit it all out--the reason being that it can actually harm and cause discoloration on the permanent, adult teeth forming in the gums... I didn't think it was such a big deal, but he was pretty firm about this. When my oldest was 4 we he began to spit and not swallow the paste...
He recomended 1) healthy food (try to avoid starchy snacks) 2) brushing well (and what you are doing, brushing your child's teeth) 3) using Xilitol (sp?) products or a gel after eating and with brushing... you can find products that contain this natural sugar at most health food stores (tom's of main makes a toothpaste that has it and doesn't have fluoride...)...
this stuff has been a great help to our family--it does something to the sugar bugs that keeps them from harming teeth.
I think I would tollerate a little decay on the baby teeth to preserve the health of the adult teeth--but ask your dentist what they think. Maybe using it once a week would be better?