US kids use excess toothpaste: Report | #97133

Alicia Farmer
February 5, 2019

Young kids may push for independence in brushing their teeth, but kids' toothpaste tastes sweet, according to the team."You don't want them eating it like food".

The CDC findings launched Friday had been primarily based on a survey of oldsters with youngsters ages 3 to 15, and it discovered about 60 p.c of kids and youths three to 15 used a half or a full load of toothpaste. However, according to recent research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many children in the United States are doing it wrong. Children younger than 3 should use only a smear of toothpaste, only the size of a rice grain. 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.

"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. Symptoms of too much fluoride can also manifest in pitting and enamel discoloration.

Nevertheless, the study revealed that when teeth are in the forming stage, excess fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis or tooth streaking or spottiness. Toothpaste with fluoride can be introduced when the child is two years old, the agency says.

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This information is important because while the recommended age for children to begin brushing is 3 years old, some households start brushing babies' teeth as early as six months or when the first tooth comes out. Brushing habits of about 5,100 kids have been included within the report primarily based on knowledge from 2013 to 2016. But just over 20 percent of parents or caregivers in the study reported that their child started brushing before age 1.

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

Despite warnings on the inadvertent consumption of too much fluoride, many kids are still using more toothpaste than they should.

Shenkin said the message that parents should take away is not that they should stop using fluoride toothpaste.

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