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Kids Under 10 Need Help with Tooth Brushing
June 18, 2013

By Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - Your third-grader may be able to ride a bike and make his own lunch, but he probably still needs help brushing his teeth.

So says a study of 105 children, ages 6 through 12. The study was done by researchers from Belgaum, India.

They divided the children into groups by age and looked at how much plaque each group removed. Six-year-olds removed about 57% of the plaque on their teeth.

Brushing improved with age. Twelve-year-olds removed the most plaque: 82%. However, kids who brushed for more than 2½ minutes removed 82% of the plaque on their teeth, no matter what age they were.

The researchers said that brushing skills were low in children under the age of 10. They recommend that parents supervise tooth brushing in this age group.

The study appeared in the June 5 issue of the European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry.

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