Wellness Shot: Small Kids Using Too Much Toothpaste

Too many young kids are using too much toothpaste, increasing their risk of streaky or splotchy teeth when they get older, according to a government survey released Thursday. About 40 percent of kids ages 3 to 6 used a brush that was full or half-full of toothpaste, even though experts recommend no more than a pea-sized amount, the study found. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings were based on a survey of parents of more than 5,000 kids ages 3 to 15. Health officials recommend that all people drink fluoridated water, and that everyone 2 or older brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. But the amount is important. Children under 3 are only supposed to use a smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Kids 3 to 6 are supposed to keep it to a pea-sized amount.

Meanwhile, CDA Cares is hosting an event in Solano County for FREE. CDA Cares allows volunteer dentists, with the assistance of other health professionals and community volunteers, to provide dental services at no charge to an average of 1,950 people at each two-day event. Put your compassion into action at CDA Cares Solano.

Location

Solano County Fairgrounds

900 Fairgrounds Drive

Vallejo, CA 94589

Driving Directions

Dates

Friday, March 8, 2019

Saturday, March 9, 2019

 
 
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