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Kids using too much toothpaste says CDC

Kids using too much toothpaste says CDC”

However, according to recent research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many children in the United States are doing it wrong. Fluoride also replaces lost minerals in teeth to help make them tougher.

Although the scientists did not determine as to how many children developed streaked or spotty teeth because of using too much toothpaste, they suggested kids less than 3 years are only supposed to use a smear of toothpaste - the size of rice grain, reported Daily Mail.

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. Practically 40% of children ages 3 to 6 use extra toothpaste than advisable by dentists, a CDC research discovered.

Kids are brushing their enamel with a lot of toothpaste that it is unhealthy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Children ages three to six years old should be using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

Health officials recommend that all people drink fluoridated water, and that everyone 2 or older brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Young children swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can experience dental fluorosis, or teeth discoloration, which only affects teeth developing under the gums. Additionally, participants were not asked to specify whether the toothpaste had fluoride.

The CDC wants parents to take charge of the amount of toothpaste their child has on their toothbrush, as "supervision is emphasized as a critical role for the parent or caregiver as the child first begins using a toothbrush and toothpaste".

Further, over one-third of children (34.2 percent) analysed in the study only brushed their teeth once per day, not twice as is recommended to reduce the risk of cavities. It also found that roughly 20 per cent of white and black kids, and 30 per cent of Hispanic kids, didn't start brushing until they were 3 or older. Parents might have misremembered how much toothpaste kids used when they were younger.

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