CDC Warns Parents Citing Excessive Use of Toothpaste by Kids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says young children are using too much toothpaste while brushing their teeth. A new study revealed many parents are squeezing more amount of toothpaste on their children’s brush. Health officials warn the unhealthy amount of toothpaste can be dangerous for children. The research by the CDC said nearly 40% of the kids between 3-6 age group used more toothpaste than the recommended amount. Also, an excessive amount of toothpaste on brush results in swallowing of fluoride. It may be dangerous for children and may result in discoloration of their teeth.

The CDC arranged a survey to reveal the fact. Around 5,157 parents and guardians participated in the investigation. The opinion poll asked questions related to kids and their teeth-brushing activities. The bank included questions like – when their child started brushing teeth, how often do they brush and the amount of toothpaste they use. After the investigation, the organization found that around 40% of children between 3-6 ages used a large quantity of toothpaste. While scientist fears that swallowing too much of fluoride can damage harm the enamel of the teeth. The CDC said, ingestion of too much fluoride while developing phase of teeth can lead to damage of enamel structure of teeth. Moreover, it may lead to discoloration.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), and the American Dental Association (ADA) suggests a particular quantity for different age groups. According to the agencies, children between ages 2-3 should brush two times a day, using a rice grain-sized amount of toothpaste each time. Besides, children between ages 3-6, should brush twice with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. The CDC wants parents to keep an eye on the amount of toothpaste their child is using. It suggests parents should supervise as the child starts brushing. The agency says parents should begin brushing a child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth bursts out. But they should use a clean, damp cloth to do so. The organization says toothpaste with fluoride can be given to kids when they are two years old.

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