Toothpaste may cause tooth decay if used excessively by kids


"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". Both agencies recommend that children aged between 3 and 6 need to use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste while brushing. Because most toothpaste intended for children taste sweet, kids can eat it. Brushing your teeth might not be the most fun two minutes of your day, however, it's always worth making that tiny bit of effort to brush twice a day, not just once.

The CDC suggested parents and caregivers make sure children brush their teeth often enough with the recommended amount of toothpaste. Because young children are less capable of spitting out toothpaste in the sink, they are more likely to injest it. Additionally, it's unknown whether or not the toothpaste reported was fluoride or non-fluoride.

The study indicated that the public doesnt understand how to properly apply toothpaste, Jonathan Shenkin, DDS, MPH, Dental Association spokesman and pediatric dentist in Augusta, Maine, said on Saturday. However, the CDC continues to recommend that parents wait to introduce fluoride toothpaste to children until they turn 2.

Kids who are overusing toothpaste could have streaks and splotches in their pearly whites when they get older.

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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 also noted that almost 80 per cent of children aged 3 to 15 years started brushing later than the recommended age of six months.

According to professional guidelines, parents should start brushing their children's teeth when the first tooth erupts, which can be as early as six months. 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.

That led to the addition of fluoride to tap water, toothpaste, mouthwash and other products. Plus, fluoride is never meant to be swallowed.