Kids are using an unhealthy amount of toothpaste, CDC warns

Kids are using an unhealthy amount of toothpaste, CDC warns

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. But 12.4 percent used too little (a smear), and the remainder used too much: 20.6 percent using a "half load", as the authors describe it, and 17.8 percent going the "full load".

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend that parents begin brushing their child's teeth with toothpaste at age 2.

Children in the age group of 3 to 6 years must keep it to a pea-sized amount.

The study found about 60 per cent of kids brushed their teeth twice a day.

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"What's really happening is that parents are following the rules of brushing twice a day, but they might not always be there", paediatric dentist Alene Marie D'Alesio from the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, who wasn't involved in the study, told The New York Times. Stanford Children's Health's website noted that regardless of the brand, as long as the toothpaste contains fluoride, it should be enough to support regular dental health practices. This can cause dental fluorosis, white marks and discoloration of teeth. Brushing habits of about 5,100 kids have been included within the report primarily based on knowledge from 2013 to 2016.

Meanwhile, the CDC noted that almost 80 percent of children aged 3 to 15 years started brushing later than the recommended age of six months. This new survey reveals that most babies (80 percent) are made to start brushing after the age of 1 year. Also, the survey didn't ask specifically about what kinds of toothpaste were used; not all kinds of children's toothpaste have fluoride in them. The report adds, "Recommendations aim to balance the benefits of fluoride exposure for prevention of dental caries with the potential risk for fluorosis when excessive amounts of fluoride toothpaste are swallowed by young children".

Despite warnings on the inadvertent consumption of too much fluoride, many kids are still using more toothpaste than they should. And this led to the addition of fluoride to toothpaste, mouthwash, tap water and few other products. Plus, fluoride is never meant to be swallowed.

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