• Fri, Feb 15, 2019 - 10:30 AM


Brushing teeth is an integral part of oral hygiene. But even with oral hygiene, it’s important not to go overboard.

According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children and adolescents in the US are using far too much toothpaste when they brush.

Researchers, led by oral health specialist Gina Thornton-Evans from the National Centre for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, has reiterated that the following guidelines, should be observed by children and adolescents when brushing.

Children aged under three years should use a smear the size of a rice grain, and children aged over three years should use no more than a pea-sized amount (0.25 grams) until age six years, by which time the swallowing reflex has developed sufficiently to prevent inadvertent ingestion.

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