The debate on whether or not children should use their own kid-friendly toothpaste or whether it is fine for them to use normal toothpaste has been an ongoing one – but now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken it one step further by stating that children are using too much tooth paste in any case.
A study released last month by the CDC found young children are using too much toothpaste when brushing their teeth.
Fortune reports that the concern of overusing toothpaste is the intake of fluoride. Although fluoride has many benefits like preventing cavities, the CDC warns “ingestion of too much fluoride while teeth are developing can result in visibly detectable changes in enamel structure such as discoloration”.
Turns out, it is advised that children’s teeth should be cleaned as soon as the first tooth appears. Parents should use a clean, damp cloth. Toothpaste with fluoride can be introduced when the child is two years old, the agency says.
According to First Teeth, if your child is under two years old, toothpaste on their toothbrush should be the size of a grain of rice. For children between the ages of two and five years old, use a pea-sized amount of paste.
Always supervise brushing with younger children to ensure that they cover the entire surface area of their teeth. If they don’t, they are at risk of painful cavities and rotten teeth! For babies, as more teeth begin to appear, brush the child’s teeth with a soft toothbrush and water. It may be difficult at first, but a baby will become used to this routine. You can also buy thimble-like, soft rubbery devices (they fit over your index finger) to use for rubbing off excess food.
Cover you family’s smiles the right way and contact Affinity Dental to see which dental plan is best for all of you.