Dentist reveals how much toothpaste you should REALLY be using based on your age & you’re definitely getting it wrong

ANY parent will know getting kids to brush their teeth can be an ordeal, but it turns out you’ve probably been giving them way too much toothpaste. 

A dentist, Dr Gao, has gone viral on TikTok after sharing a video outlining how much toothpaste we should be using – according to our age. 

A dentist claimed the amount of toothpaste used in adverts is way too much

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A dentist claimed the amount of toothpaste used in adverts is way too muchCredit: Tik Tok

Dr Gao’s clip has racked up more than six million views, as he pointed out the lashings of toothpaste used in adverts was excessive. 

He said: “The amount used in commercials is way too much. 

“For ages three and below, all a smear is all you need.”

He demonstrated with a tiny amount spread on a brush, before saying: “For anyone older, a pea size amount is plenty.” 

Dr Gao shared a clip on TikTok explaining the right amounts to use which quickly went viral

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Dr Gao shared a clip on TikTok explaining the right amounts to use which quickly went viralCredit: Tik Tok

Dr Gao explained why you shouldn’t squeeze loads on your brush, saying: “Trust me it doesn’t make your teeth any cleaner.”

And it can lead to dental problems, particularly for children. 

In a separate video, he said: “Not only is it a waste for children whose adult teeth are still developing, swallowing too much toothpaste that contains fluoride can cause dental fluorosis. 

He claimed a smear is all you need for kids under the age of three

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He claimed a smear is all you need for kids under the age of threeCredit: Tik Tok

“Dental fluorosis is a cosmetic condition that causes a change in the appearance in the tooth and enamel.

“The appearance can range from brown and light discoloration,to brown strains and even obvious pits.”

While it can be ‘cosmetically treated’, Dr Gao warned the damage was permanent. 

Parents will know the battle of getting children to brush their teeth

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Parents will know the battle of getting children to brush their teethCredit: Tik Tok

Thousands of people commented on the clip in shock, admitting they’ve been getting it wrong their whole life. 

One person said: “Thinking of all the toothpaste I’ve wasted.”

Another wrote: “That’s why electric brushes can only hold pea size toothpaste.” 

Anyone older than that should use a pea-sized amount - and no more

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Anyone older than that should use a pea-sized amount – and no more Credit: Tik Tok

A third commented: “My friends were surprised when I only used that much. I was right all along.” 

Someone else thought: “We’ve been mislead by advertisement all these years.” 

While another said: “Finally! I’ve been trying to tell my husband for ages.”

Thousands of people commented on the post in shock as they realised they've been getting their amounts wrong

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Thousands of people commented on the post in shock as they realised they’ve been getting their amounts wrong
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Dentist’s Viral TikTok Explains Why You’re Probably Using the Wrong Amount of Toothpaste



a man and a woman looking at the camera: You’re probably using too much toothpaste when brushing your teeth, per one dentist’s viral TikTok. You only need a pea-sized amount for max effectiveness.


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You’re probably using too much toothpaste when brushing your teeth, per one dentist’s viral TikTok. You only need a pea-sized amount for max effectiveness.

  • You’re probably using using too much toothpaste when you brush your teeth, according to one dentist’s viral TikTok.
  • People over age 3 only need a pea-sized amount for maximum effectiveness—not a heaping swoop.
  • You also shouldn’t rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash right after brushing.

Ever feel like you’re constantly going through tubes of toothpaste? You might be using too much. According to TikTok’s viral Gao Jye Teh, B.D.S., a dentist based in the U.K., people over age 3 only need a pea-sized amount for maximum effectiveness—not a heaping swoop like ads typically show.

The young dentist shared a TikTok informing the public of the common misconception that garnered six million views. He also shared it to Instagram, writing: “Commercials are lying to you! You don’t need to use that much toothpaste. 🤯” Not only is it wasteful, it doesn’t make your teeth any cleaner.

Dr. Gao says the danger in using excess toothpaste, especially for children, lies in the risk of fluorosis—a cosmetic condition that changes the appearance of tooth enamel when too much fluoride (the cavity-preventing ingredient in toothpaste) is ingested. Fluorosis can present itself as mild discoloration, staining, and even obvious pitting. “Although dental fluorosis can be cosmetically treated, the damage done to the enamel is permanent,” Dr. Gao said in a separate video.

A 2013 to 2016 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms Dr. Gao’s warning, citing that children under the age of 3 should only use “a smear” of fluoride paste “the size of a rice grain.”

In a following TikTok, Dr. Gao enlightened the internet with another common dental hygiene mistake. According to him, you shouldn’t rinse your mouth after brushing—not with water or mouthwash. “Flouride in your toothpaste takes time to work,” he wrote. “So spit, don’t rinse!” The comments flooded with concerned brushers. “So I haven’t really brushed my teeth for 14 years?” one person wrote. “I’ve done it all wrong my entire life,” another added.

Dr. Gao recommends waiting at least 20 or 30 minutes after brushing before having a drink of water or swishing mouthwash. Optimally, he suggests using a fluoride rinse later in the day. That way, you’ll get the full benefits of brushing and rinsing.

Some folks who are used to rinsing right away say they’re struggling to make the change. “Ideally, you should use [toothpaste and mouthwash] at separate times,” Dr. Gao replied to one comment. “If you really can’t stand not rinsing, using mouthwash after brushing is better than using water.”

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Dentist reveals how much toothpaste you should be using depending on age

16 October 2020, 15:40

Dr Gao has revealed the amount of toothpaste we should be using
Dr Gao has revealed the amount of toothpaste we should be using.

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TikTok


A dentist has gone viral on TikTok after revealing the amount of toothpaste people should really be using.

It turns out we may have all been brushing our teeth wrong, because one dentist has claimed that people generally use significantly more toothpaste than needed.

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Dr Gao took to TikTok to make the shocking revelation, and revealed how much toothpaste we should be using according to our age.

Dr Gao revealed that the toothpaste amounts used in adverts is generally too much
Dr Gao revealed that the toothpaste amounts used in adverts is generally too much.

Picture:
TikTok


In his video, which has racked up millions of views, he said that the amount of toothpaste generally used in adverts is too much, and that a pea sized amount is plenty for adults.

He said: “The amount used in commercials is way too much. 

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He revealed that a pea sized amount is plenty for adults
He revealed that a pea sized amount is plenty for adults.

Picture:
TikTok


“For ages three and below, all a smear is all you need.”

Dr Gao then put a small amount of toothpaste on a brush, saying: “For anyone older, a pea size amount is plenty.”

He then explained why you shouldn’t put too much toothpaste on your brush, adding: “Trust me it doesn’t make your teeth any cleaner.”

He revealed that children only need a smear of toothpaste
He revealed that children only need a smear of toothpaste.

Picture:
TikTok


Dr Gao added that doing so can lead to dental problems, particularly for children.

In a separate video, he said: “Not only is it a waste for children whose adult teeth are still developing, swallowing too much toothpaste that contains fluoride can cause dental fluorosis. 

“Dental fluorosis is a cosmetic condition that causes a change in the appearance in the tooth and enamel.

“The appearance can range from brown and light discoloration, to brown strains and even obvious pits.”

Many viewers rushed to comment their shock, with one writing: “Thinking of all the toothpaste I’ve wasted.”

Another added: “That’s why electric brushes can only hold pea size toothpaste.”

British Dental Association’s scientific adviser Professor Damien Walmsley told Heart.co.uk: “The correct amount of toothpaste for most people to use is a pea size.”

He also added: “Brush at least twice daily, with a fluoridated toothpaste, brush last thing at night and at least on one other occasion

“Use fluoridated toothpaste (1,350 – 1,500 ppm fluoride).

“Spit out after brushing and do not rinse, to maintain fluoride concentration levels.”

For kids under three, he recommends: “For children aged up to 3 years, use only a smear of toothpaste.

“Use fluoridated toothpaste containing no less than 1,000 ppm fluoride.

And for children aged between three and even, he says: “Use fluoridated toothpaste containing more than 1,000 ppm fluoride, use a pea size amount.

“Children’s tooth brushing should be supervised until at

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