The American Dental Association is suggesting that parents inculcate the habit of brushing teeth in their children with fluoride toothpaste as soon as their first tooth come in. This new guidance extensities the use of fluoride toothpaste for young children.
To help prevent decaying of tooth, the CSA recommends that parents use a daub of fluoride toothpaste (or an amount about the size of a grain of rice) for children younger than 3 years old and a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste for children 3 to 6 years old.
“For half a century, the ADA has recommended that patients use fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities, and a review of scientific research shows that this holds true for all ages,” Dr. Edmond Truelove, chairman of the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs, addressing in a association news release.
The suggestion changes comes after a latest review published in the Journal of the American Dental Association(JADA) revealed that brushing with “fluoride toothpaste had statistically significant benefits on preventing decay and cavities.”
The new study is pivoted to provide children with the full conquer over cavity protection while restraining their chances of developing fluorosis.
The ADA also encourages parents to make their child visit the dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than the child’s first birthday.
“Approximately 25 percent of children have or had cavities before entering kindergarten, so it’s important to provide guidance to caregivers on the appropriate use of fluoride toothpaste to help prevent their children from developing cavities.”
Around 16 million kids in USA itself are afflicted by tooth decay, according to the statistical figures released by the ADA. They also found a significant increase in number of dentists visits by pre-school children with multiple cavities.