Children are overdoing it on the Toothpaste

Many parents are squeezing potentially unhealthy amounts of toothpaste on their children’s brushes, health officials warned in a study. The study, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said nearly 40 per cent of children ages 3 to 6 used more toothpaste than recommended by dental professionals. For young children with emerging teeth, swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause discoloration of their teeth, a condition called dental fluorosis. Parents of children in that age bracket should squeeze no more than a pea-size amount of toothpaste on their brush. Children under 3 should be using even less , parents should be squeezing only a tiny smear. Fluorosis only affects children because the damage occurs when teeth are developing under the gums. It does not affect overall dental health, but it can lead to white lines or streaks on the teeth. The earliest that parents should leave their child alone when they brush their teeth is 6, although they might consider sticking around until their child is 8 to ensure the proper amount is used. Use toothpaste in the proper quantity so your children do not swallow it. Talk to your dentist for more information…..Ed
Source: Julia Jacobs /Photo: Carolyn Kaster

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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