US kids using too much toothpaste

US kids using too much toothpaste

In addition, the study found that although experts recommend no more than a pea-sized amount, about 40 percent of kids aged three to six used a brush that was full or half-full of toothpaste. According to a recent study, young children who use toothpaste more than required are at an increased risk of "dental fluorosis" when they grow older.

Nevertheless, the study revealed that when teeth are in the forming stage, excess fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis or tooth streaking or spottiness.

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

The findings suggest that children and adolescents are engaging in appropriate daily preventive dental health practices; however, implementation of recommendations is not optimal. Their survey showed that only 12 percent children aged between 3 and 6 years used the smear amount and 49.2 percent used a pea-size amount. Children younger than 3 should use only a smear of toothpaste, only the size of a rice grain.

"Fluoride use is one of the main factors responsible for the decline in prevalence and severity of dental caries and cavities (tooth decay) in the United States", the report stated, highlighting the advantages of the mineral but it added that too much of it could also lead to "visibly detectable changes in enamel structure such as discoloration".

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend that parents begin brushing their child's teeth with toothpaste at age 2. Brushing with water is recommended as soon as teeth come in. The CDC also noted that almost 80% of the children studied started brushing their teeth later than recommended. Brushing habits of about 5,100 kids have been included within the report primarily based on knowledge from 2013 to 2016.

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. Additionally, participants were not asked to specify whether the toothpaste had fluoride. Plus, fluoride is never meant to be swallowed.

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