Pre-schoolers should be using full-strength toothpaste, but only about 20% do, new research says.
A study has found many Kiwi parents don’t really know what kind of toothpaste they should be giving their kids.
It found that despite Ministry of Health advice that people of all ages should use “full-strength fluoride toothpaste” only about 19 percent of those under 5 years old were.
First children were less likely to be using adult toothpaste than their younger siblings, suggesting parents were being given the information over time.
Not surprisingly, the study also found those who visited dentists more often were more likely to use full toothpaste.
The Ministry of Health’s website explicitly advises toothpastes labelled as “child strength” should be avoided.