USA: parents put unhealthy amounts of toothpaste on children’s brushes

11 April 2019

Parents are squeezing potentially unhealthy amounts of toothpaste onto their children’s brushes, a study suggests.

Nearly 40% of children aged three to six used more toothpaste than recommended by dental professionals, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Children that age should have no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on their brush, the CDC says.

Swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause dental fluorosis – discolouration of their emerging teeth.

Children under three should be using even less toothpaste – a smear roughly the size of a grain of rice – as they are more likely to ingest it, said the CDC.

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