Wednesday March 27, 2019

American Children Use More Toothpaste Than Recommended: Report

The CDC is a US federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia

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Many American children use more toothpaste than officially recommended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, published on Friday.

“Analysis of 2013-16 data found that over 38 per cent of children aged three to six years used more toothpaste than recommended by the CDC and other professional organisations,” Xinhua news agency reported citing the report.

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

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

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Fluoride use could help avoid tooth decay, but the CDC recommended children to begin using fluoride toothpaste at two years of age to prevent inadvertent ingestion of fluoride and the potential risk of dental fluorosis.

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The CDC suggested parents and caregivers to make sure that children brush teeth often enough with recommended amount of toothpaste.Health care professionals and organisations could also help by providing education.

The CDC is a US federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. (IANS)

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Tooth Decay Can Be Caused Due To Excess Use Of Toothpaste: Study

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

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Many young kids who use toothpaste more than needed are at an increased risk of dental fluorosis when they get older, warns a new study.

Fluorosis is a condition that affects the teeth caused by overexposure to fluoride during the first eight years of life.

Fluoride is a mineral found in water and soil. More than 70 years ago, scientists discovered that people whose drinking water naturally had more fluoride also had fewer cavities. That led to addition of fluoride to tap water, toothpaste, mouthwash and other products.

 

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However, the study showed that when teeth are forming, too much fluoride can lead to tooth streaking or spottiness or dental fluorosis.

In addition, the study found that although experts recommend no more than a pea-sized amount, about 40 per cent of kids aged three to six used a brush that was full or half-full of toothpaste.

“Fluoride is a wonderful benefit but it needs to be used carefully,” Mary Hayes, pediatric dentist in Chicago was quoted by Daily Mail.

For the study, the researchers from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included parents of more than 5,000 kids ages three to 15.

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

Although the researchers did not determine how many kids developed streaked or spotty teeth as a result of using too much toothpaste, they recommended children under three are only supposed to use a smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice, reported Daily Mail.

Kids aged three to six should keep it to a pea-sized amount.

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

“You don’t want them eating it like food. We want the parent to be in charge of the toothbrush and the toothpaste,” noted Hayes. (IANS)