Many small kids in U.S. are using too much toothpaste

Many small kids in U.S. are using too much toothpaste

Many small kids in U.S. are using too much toothpaste

Kids aged three to six should only take a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Because most toothpaste intended for children taste sweet, kids can eat it.

Further, over one-third of children (34.2 percent) analysed in the study only brushed their teeth once per day, not twice as is recommended to reduce the risk of cavities.

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. Because young children are less capable of spitting out toothpaste in the sink, they are more likely to injest it.

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Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical found in food, drinking water, and toothpaste that helps to reduce the incidence of tooth decay. This can lead to a lack of mineralization of the tooth's enamel known as "fluorosis", which can cause discoloration of the teeth and an unpleasant mottled appearance.

The study indicated that the public doesnt understand how to properly apply toothpaste, Jonathan Shenkin, DDS, MPH, Dental Association spokesman and pediatric dentist in Augusta, Maine, said on Saturday.

Kids aged three to six should keep it to a pea-sized amount. The information used for the evaluation was primarily based on parents' self-reporting. The study give a warning to all those children who use tooth paste in larger quantity might suffer from dental fluoridise when they get older. The analysis was based on data from 2013 to 2016.

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The study also found that nearly 80 percent of children aged between three and 15 years had started brushing their teeth later than the recommended age - which is when the first tooth emerges from around six months on, the CDC says.

According to professional guidelines, parents should start brushing their children's teeth when the first tooth erupts, which can be as early as six months. This is mainly because of the excess fluoride that is swallowed by children in the toothpaste. The CDC survey discovered that just about 80% of youngsters started cleaning after 1 year.

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