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CDC Says Children Are Overusing Toothpaste

CDC Says Children Are Overusing Toothpaste

Almost 40 per cent of U.S. children aged three to six used more toothpaste than recommended by dentists, a CDC study found.

Nevertheless, the study revealed that when teeth are in the forming stage, excess fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis or tooth streaking or spottiness. Additionally, it's unknown whether or not the toothpaste reported was fluoride or non-fluoride. Brushing your teeth might not be the most fun two minutes of your day, however, it's always worth making that tiny bit of effort to brush twice a day, not just once.

CDC findings released Friday were based on a survey of parents with children ages 3 to 15, and found about 60 percent of children and teens 3 to 15 used a half or full load of toothpaste. 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.

A pea-sized amount is recommended to prevent kids from accidentally swallowing too much toothpaste.

The government health agency found that many young kids are using too much toothpaste than they should be.

But while it might be hard to control how kids brush their teeth, it's important, researchers say - and not just in terms of toothpaste volume.




The CDC proposed guardians and parental figures to ensure that youngsters brush teeth frequently enough with suggested measure of toothpaste.

The recommended toothpaste amount for children at three to six years old is of pea-size, and for those under three about a rice grain, according to the report.

The new report looked at the brushing and toothpaste use of around 5,157 children between 2013 and 2016.

Dr. Alene Marie D'Alesio, chief of pediatric dentistry at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, said that problems following brushing guidelines often arise from parents not being present alongside their children when they are brushing. For young children with emerging teeth, swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause discoloration of their teeth, a condition called dental fluorosis.

That led to the addition of fluoride to tap water, toothpaste, mouthwash and other products.