Q. My toddler doesn't understand when I tell her to spit out toothpaste and she swallows it. Should I still use toothpaste to brush my child's teeth?

A. If your child isn't able to spit out after brushing, continue using a smear of low fluoride toothpaste and wipe her mouth with a washer or tissue. It's really important to keep brushing her teeth and there is variability in the age at which children learn to spit out.