A UK-based Nigerian doctor, Dr. Harvey Olufunmilayo, has advised against applying thick layer of toothpaste on brush, especially for children.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, he advised that too much toothpaste for children makes them prone to “Dental Fluorosis”.
He added that this can cause stained and discoloured teeth in children.
Speaking on amount of toothpaste for children, Olufunmilayo explained that the recommended amount as a smear or pea-sized potion.
“For children under 3 years old, a smear of toothpaste is all that is needed. For those over 3 years old, you can use like a pea-sized toothpaste.
“Nobody, adult or child, needs to have thick layer of toothpaste.
“The most important thing is you use ANY toothpaste that has fluoride at least 1350 ppm (look on the pack).
“Never put a thick layer across the whole toothbrush,” he said.
He addressed the misconception around the use of thick toothpaste, terming it as an “advertising scam”.
“Toothpaste companies deliberately advertise with people that put a thick layer of toothpaste on their brush to deceive you.
“That way the toothpaste finishes fast, and you get to buy another one soon. But you do not need that much amount of toothpaste to clean your teeth well.
“Just use a little pea-sized amount of toothpaste and that’s okay,” he said.