CDC Says Kids' Teeth Brushing Isn't in Line with Recommendations

80% of parents weren't brushing their baby's teeth early enough, the study found.

Posted: Feb. 2, 2019 11:31 AM
Updated: Feb. 4, 2019 2:05 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The CDC published a study yesterday with data from about 5,000 children between 3 and 15 years old.

They found that nearly 80% of parents weren't brushing their baby's teeth early enough.

Health care professionals say brushing should start when the child gets their first tooth. The CDC also found that about 1/3 of kids only brushed their teeth once a day instead of the recommended twice daily. Nearly 40% also used too much toothpaste according to the study. A pea-sized amount is recommended to prevent kids from accidentally swallowing too much toothpaste.

As for when kids should first go to the dentist experts say no later than their first birthday.

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