Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Many small kids in the US are using too much toothpaste

Many small kids in the US are using too much toothpaste

Young kids may push for independence in brushing their teeth, but kids' toothpaste tastes sweet, according to the team.

The poll of more than 5,000 parents of children aged 3 to 15 found that 40 percent of children aged 3 to 6 used a brush that was full or half-full of toothpaste, rather than the recommended pea-sized amount, the Associated Press reported.

The new study did not follow the kids through time or try to determine how many developed streaked or spotty teeth as a result of using too much toothpaste.

The recommended toothpaste amount for children at three to six years old is of pea-size, while those under three should use a smear the size of a rice grain, according to the report.

Of course, as parents of young children would readily understand, kids don't always do what you want them to - and tooth brushing is no exception. Instead, he advised, "Use it, but use it in the proper quantity so your children don't swallow too much".

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

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

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

"The findings suggest that children and adolescents are engaging in appropriate daily preventive dental health practices", the authors write, "however, implementation of recommendations is not optimal".

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 survey discovered that just about 80% of youngsters started cleaning after 1 year.

Careful supervision of fluoride intake improves the preventive benefit of fluoride, while reducing the chance that young children might ingest too much fluoride during critical times of enamel formation of the secondary teeth.

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