CDC: Children Not Brushing Teeth Early Enough

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Experts say teeth brushing practices aren’t in line with recommendations.

The Centers for Disease Control published a study Friday with data from about five-thousand 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 one-third 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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