CDC study: Many children are overdoing it on the toothpaste

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

Nearly 40 percent of children ages 3-6 use more toothpaste than the amount recommended by dental professionals.

Specifically, a new analysis of the dental hygiene habits of children and adolescents in the United States reveals that nearly 40 percent of young American kids are using too much toothpaste when they brush their teeth. This can cause dental fluorosis, white marks and discoloration of teeth. Despite what we know about the benefits of fluoride, there is a limit to how much toothpaste you should be squeezing onto your brush.

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.

Amongst all the children aged three to six years old, about half (49.2 percent) used the correct, pea-sized amount. Practically 40% of children ages 3 to 6 use extra toothpaste than advisable by dentists, a CDC research discovered.

Kids aged three to six should only take a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

Fluoride use could help keep away from tooth rot, however the CDC recommended kids to start utilizing fluoride toothpaste at two years old to anticipate unintentional ingestion of fluoride and the potential danger of dental fluorosis.

Young kids may push for independence in brushing their teeth, but kids' toothpaste tastes sweet.

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The CDC suggested parents and caregivers make sure children brush their teeth often enough with the recommended amount of toothpaste.

Brushing habits of about 5,100 children were included in the report based on data from 2013 to 2016.

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.

"You don't want them eating it like food".

One problem, Shenkin said, is that parents tend to receive contradictory advice on how much toothpaste children should be using, as well as whether the youngest children should be using fluoride toothpaste at all.

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

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