Use Of Excessive Toothpaste By Children Unsafe?

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You may think it’s advisable for children to use a large amount of toothpaste, considering their limited brushing time, however, this habit may be unwise…

A research study conducted by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA states that using toothpaste more than the prescribed amount can actually prove to be dangerous for children, in the long run.

According to reports, the agency surveyed nearly 1,700 children in the age group of three to six and found that 38 percent of kids use more than the recommended amount of toothpaste.

Using excessive toothpaste would increase the ‘risk of streaky or spotted teeth when they get older’, which is as known as fluorosis, says the CDC.

The study showed, “kids from ages three to six used a brush that was full or half-full of toothpaste.” Reacting to this, city based Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon,, Dr Aruna Tambuwala, M.D.S speaking to Pune365, recommended not more than a pea-sized drop for kids above 5 years, half of that for younger kids.

Dr Tambuwala who doesn’t vouch for the research, adds that there has been an increasing trend in the number of children visiting her with teeth issues.

Decayed teeth are one of the common complaints they come for. About 20% of which end up have a root canal or extraction.  

She also adds that parents should look into buying a Fluoridated toothpaste, but less than 1 ppm (part per million).

Teena Malhotra, a corporate employee and a mother of two, thinks ignoring a child’s dental hygiene at the early stage might be risky in the future.

“It is only in the early stages that you can personally take care of your child’s teeth. He/she will listen to you and that is how you can help them adopt to a dedicated brushing regime that they follow by habit in the later years of their life.

Although, I may be unaware of these facts, like the excessive usage of toothpastes, but, I do make sure I am around when my 3 and 5 year old are brushing.

Moreover, one should not ignore the slightest of complaints though every small issue isn’t an emergency. A visit to a trusted dentist helps here,” Malhotra adds.

Dental Hygiene Tips:

  • Make sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • If your child is younger than 6, watch them brush.
  • Make sure they use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and always spit it out rather than swallow.
  • Help your child brush until they have good brushing skills.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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