Many children use so much toothpaste it’s unhealthy, experts warn

Many children use so much toothpaste it’s unhealthy, experts warn

Brushing with too much toothpaste can damage enamel, as children could swallow too much fluoride while their teeth are developing, the CDC says.

"Children aged three years should use a smear the size of a rice grain, and children aged three years should use no more than a pea-sized amount (0.25 grams) until age six years, by which time the swallowing reflex has developed sufficiently to prevent inadvertent ingestion", researchers, led by oral health specialist Gina Thornton-Evans from the National Centre for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, explain in the new CDC report. Because most toothpaste intended for children taste sweet, kids can eat it.

The American Academy of Paediatrics and the CDC recommend that parents begin brushing their child's teeth with toothpaste at age two. Because young children are less capable of spitting out toothpaste in the sink, they are more likely to injest it. This can cause dental fluorosis, white marks and discolouration of teeth. Also, the survey didn't ask specifically about what kinds of toothpaste were used; not all kinds of children's toothpaste have fluoride in them.

Health officials recommend that all people drink fluoridated water, and that everyone 2 or older brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

"You don't want them eating it like food", Dr Hayes added.

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.

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

The CDC study, which was based on more than 5,000 children from ages 3 to 15, also found that almost 80 percent of children included in the analysis started brushing later than recommended.

The CDC says children's teeth should be brushed as soon as the first tooth erupts using a clean, damp cloth. The CDC survey discovered that just about 80% of youngsters started cleaning after 1 year.

Children in the age group of 3 to 6 years must keep it to a pea-sized amount.

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

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