Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste; Here's What The CDC Recommends

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Children less than 3 years need to use only a rice grain size of smear of toothpaste on their brushes says the CDC and the American Dental Association.

Almost 40 per cent of USA children aged three to six used more toothpaste than recommended by dentists, a CDC study found. However, according to recent research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many children in the USA are doing it wrong.

Health care professionals and their organizations have an opportunity to educate parents and caregivers about recommended brushing practices to ensure that children are getting the maximum preventive effect by using the recommended amount of fluoride toothpaste under parental supervision.

You can't have too much of a good thing and in the case of your children's toothpaste use, this is especially true.

"You don't want them eating it like food", Dr Hayes added.

While this data seems like a minor issue, the proponents of the study warned that because brushing one's teeth is a regular occurrence, with some doing it more than three times a day, the accumulation of fluoride can reach risky levels. Also, it is unknown if the toothpaste reported was fluoride or non-fluoride. This can cause dental fluorosis, white marks and discolouration of teeth.

Health officials recommend that all people drink fluoridated water, and that everyone 2 or older brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

The new report looked at the brushing and toothpaste use of around 5,157 children between 2013 and 2016. This new survey reveals that most babies (80 percent) are made to start brushing after the age of 1 year.

Fluoride use could help keep away from tooth rot, however the CDC recommended kids to start utilizing fluoride toothpaste at two years old to anticipate unintentional ingestion of fluoride and the potential danger of dental fluorosis. And this led to the addition of fluoride to toothpaste, mouthwash, tap water and few other products.

Despite warnings on the inadvertent consumption of too much fluoride, many kids are still using more toothpaste than they should. This is mainly because of the excess fluoride that is swallowed by children in the toothpaste.



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