According to a government survey, too many kids are using too much toothpaste when they brush their teeth. Using too much toothpaste when kids are young increases the risk of them have splotchy, streaky teeth when they older.
Kids age 3 to 6 in the study were using a birth that was either full or half-full of toothpaste. However, experts recommend that kids within that age to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
The study was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions. They were able to survey over 5,000 kids between 3 and 15.
For years now, health officials have been recommending people drink water that has fluoride. Also, that anyone 2 years old and older brushes their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Toothpaste Amount In Children Age 6 And Under Needs To Decrease
The amount children use on the brush is important when it comes to brushing. For children under the age of three, they are to use a small smear of toothepaste. The size of the toothepaste should be close to the size of a grain of rice. Kids age 3 to 6 are to use an amount the size of a pea.
Fluoride is a mineral that is found in soil and water. Over 70 years ago, scientist saw that people whose drinking water had fluoride in it had few cavities in their mouths. Thus, the country began to add fluoride not only to tap water, but to toothpaste, mouthwash, and other products we ingest. According to experts, fluoride is the reason for the decline in tooth decay in U.S. adults and teens.
However, when teeth are forming, too much fluoride can lead to streaks and pots on teeth. The name for the issue is dental fluorosis.
Past studies show that there has been an increase in recent years of fluorosis in every 2 out of 5 adolescents. The most recent study did not follow the kids from birth to their current ages.