CDC: Parent’s Are Brushing Baby Teeth Early Enough

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A new report suggests children may not have the best habits when it comes to brushing their teeth.

Researchers at the CDC studied data from over 5,000 young children and teens.

Nearly 80-percent of parents were not brushing their baby’s teeth as early as recommended which is when they get their first tooth.

Also, approximately a third of young kids only brushed their teeth once a day and nearly 40-percent used too much toothpaste.

The CDC recommends young children should use no more than a pea size amount of toothpaste in order to prevent from swallowing too much toothpaste.

Experts also say the first dental visit should happen by the child’s first birthday.

The answers of the 5,157 kids and teens aged 3-15 years came from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
 

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