Over A Third Of Children Use Too Much Toothpaste Which Can Damage Their Teeth

February 5, 2019

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While parents battle daily for their kids to brush their teeth, that's actually brush them with toothpaste, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 40% of kids are using too much toothpaste.  The report of kids aged three to six found that close to half used a toothbrush with was full or half-full of toothpaste. Experts recommend no more than a pea-sized amount for children aged three to six; only a smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice for kids under three.  The reason is fluoride, which strengthens the enamel and found in virtually all toothpastes, is also added into water supplies after numerus studies found it lowered cases of tooth decay. But too much fluoride when teeth are forming can lead to tooth streaking or spottiness, known as dental fluorosis. Too much fluoride can also cause teeth to become pitted, which can lead to tooth decay. Health officials recommend that all people drink fluoridated water, and that everyone two or older brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. However parents should monitor the amount of toothpaste being applied on the toothbrush to ensure it isn't too little or too much.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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