Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Is your child using too much toothpaste?

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Gustavo Carr | 05 February, 2019, 21:30

The CDC report said that some 38 percent of kids aged 3 to 6 years old go over the recommended amount of toothpaste for their age, which should be just 0.25 grams or pea-sized.

Many children in the United States are using more toothpaste than officially recommended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

However, the study showed that when teeth are forming, too much fluoride can lead to tooth streaking or spottiness or dental fluorosis. Also the type of toothpaste (fluoride or non-fluoride containing) was not taken into account. The CDC and the American Dental Association recommend that children in that age group should use no more than a pea-size amount of paste per brushing.

The CDC released a report last week after a survey of parents and their children aged between 3 and 15 years.

Health officials recommend that all people drink fluoridated water, and that everyone 2 or older brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Instead, he advised, "Use it, but use it in the proper quantity so your children don't swallow too much". 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".

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Children younger than three should use only a smear of toothpaste, only the size of a rice grain.

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

Young kids may push for independence in brushing their teeth, but kids' toothpaste tastes sweet, according to the team. Current recommendations from the CDC as well as the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) suggest that children should begin brushing by the age of two years.

The survey also found that over a third, 34.2 percent, of the children age 3 to 15 years old only brushed their teeth once a day, not the recommended twice a day. Brushing habits of about 5,100 kids have been included within the report primarily based on knowledge from 2013 to 2016.

The data used for the analysis was based on parents' self-reporting. And this led to the addition of fluoride to toothpaste, mouthwash, tap water and few other products. The main problem is ingesting too much fluoride while the teeth are still developing.