Report Finds Many Children Use More Toothpaste Than They Should

Is your little one using the right amount of toothpaste?

A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that a concerning number of young children are using too much toothpaste when they brush their teeth.

The study found that roughly 40% of children aged 3-6 used a brush that was either full or half-full of toothpaste, though experts have recommended for years that only a pea-sized amount be used.

For children, it’s easy to swallow or consume some toothpaste during their brushing routine – increasing their risk of a condition called dental fluorosis over time. Fluorosis causes the appearance of white spots or streaks to form on the teeth, which can be a cosmetic issue for children as they grow into adults.

Previous studies have even suggested that the incidence of fluorosis has been on the rise for at least 30 years, and can occur in up to 2 out of 5 adolescents.

So… what’s the deal with fluoride anyway?

Our Etobicoke dentist assures you that fluoride is very safe – it just isn’t intended to be eaten! In fact, fluoride is an incredibly beneficial ingredient when it comes to protecting the teeth from dental cavities, and even re-mineralizing teeth that have just started to become affected by decay. Scientists discovered this years ago – and we’ve been using this knowledge to our advantage ever since!

This is why it’s especially recommended that children use fluoridated toothpaste as part of their daily oral care routine. As your child grows, the naturally occurring mineral fluoride will help to strengthen their teeth and protect them from decay.

Remember: Fluoride is the hero - not the enemy! (When used properly)

Be sure to teach your child to use just a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste when they are old enough to brush on their own or know not to swallow any. And remember: If it’s been over 6 months since you or your child has been in for a check-up and cleaning, it’s time to schedule a visit.


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