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According to NYT > Science (This article and its images were originally posted on NYT > Science February 3, 2019 at 05:42AM.)
Many parents are squeezing potentially unhealthy amounts of toothpaste on their childrenâ€™s brushes, health officials warned in a study released on Friday.
The study, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said nearly 40 percent of children ages 3 to 6 used more toothpaste than recommended by dental professionals. For young children with emerging teeth, swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause discoloration of their teeth, a condition called dental fluorosis.
Parents of children in that age bracket should squeeze no more than a pea-size amount of toothpaste on their brush, the C.D.C. and American Dental Association recommend.
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