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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Trump Age And Weight Add To Covid Risks: Experts

As a 74-year-old obese man, Donald Trump has several known risk factors after contracting Covid-19, but experts say it is difficult to predict how the American president will be affected by a disease that leaves some without symptoms but is deadly to others.

Trump has become the highest profile patient of the new coronavirus, which has scorched across the planet killing more than a million people, including 200,000 Americans.

The US president is currently “well” according to his official doctor and able to continue performing his duties from quarantine.

Experts said that while he does have several of the risk factors associated with severe forms of Covid-19 — being male, older and overweight — it is hard to say how the disease will affect him.

“The risk of serious disease and death depends on many factors — some unmeasurable, so there is always uncertainty — and it is not so simple as to make inferences from one or two alone,” said Naveed Sattar, professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow.

Trump has seldom appeared in public wearing a face mask Trump has seldom appeared in public wearing a face mask Photo: AFP / Brendan Smialowski

He said that the risks may be “offset” by other factors, including if Trump has no chronic conditions and is reasonably active, noting the US leader’s love of golf.

At his most recent medical check-up, published in June, Trump weighed-in at 244 pounds (110.67 kg). For his height of six feet and three inches (1.91 meters), this means he exceeded the official threshold of obesity for a second year in a row.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person in this category is three times as likely to need hospital care than someone with a lower weight.

Another high risk factor is age.

The CDC reports that eight of 10 Covid-19 related deaths in the US are of people over 65.

“In general, your risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19 increases as you get older,” it says on its website.

There are concerns about others Trump came into contact with in recent days -- including his 77-year-old electoral challenger Joe Biden.  There are concerns about others Trump came into contact with in recent days — including his 77-year-old electoral challenger Joe Biden.  Photo: AFP / Jim WATSON

Michael Head, senior research fellow in global health at the University of Southampton, said Trump would be classified as “vulnerable”.

“Many people in their 70s will also have further co-morbidities that increase the risks of a more severe illness,” he added.

Currently, however, the US leader appears to have few if any symptoms.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalised after contracting coronavirus in April Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalised after contracting coronavirus in April Photo: POOL / Matthew Horwood

His official physician, Sean Conley, also described the presidential couple as “both well at this time”.

“We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements,” said First Lady Melania Trump in a tweet.

Coronavirus infection can begin on a slow burn, often taking several days before symptoms appear.

“Most studies suggest that those with symptomatic COVID-19 infections could remain outside hospital during the first 5-7 days of the illness

Tulsa extends mask mandate, lowers to age 10

OKLAHOMA CITY — A mask mandate in Tulsa is being expanded and extended in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The amended measure lowers the age of those who must wear face coverings from 18 and up to those older than 10. It also extends through Jan. 31 the mandate for masks to be worn in public when social distancing is not possible. Previously it was to expire Nov. 30

President Donald Trump held an indoor campaign rally in Tulsa on June 20 that attracted about 6,000 attendees as well as protesters. Local Health Department director Bruce Dart said later that the event “likely contributed” to a sharp surge in new coronavirus cases.

As of Thursday, Oklahoma’s state health department has recorded 88,369 virus cases and 1,035 deaths due to COVID-19, increases of 1,170 and four, respectively, from the previous day.



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— The White House is backing a $400 per week pandemic jobless benefit and possible COVID-19 relief bill with a price tag above $1.5 trillion.

— France’s health minister is threatening to close bars and ban family gatherings, if the rise in virus cases doesn’t improve.

— Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000, suggesting the economy is struggling to sustain a tentative recovery from the summer.


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DENVER — Colorado’s deadliest workplace coronavirus outbreak has been declared resolved after five months, 291 cases and six deaths.

The determination regarding the outbreak at the JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley was made by the state Department of Public Health and Environment after there were no new cases for at least 28 days and an investigation was completed.

The announcement comes as families of some JBS employees who died say their worker’s compensation claims have been denied.

JBS argues that their infections were not work-related. The plant did not respond to requests for comment by Colorado Public Radio.


PHOENIX — Arizona is reporting 705 additional COVID-19 cases and 24 more deaths as health officials say all 15 counties have cleared state benchmarks for partial reopening of certain businesses.

The overall statewide total of confirmed cases is now 219,212 cases, and the death toll 5,674.

Arizona’s Department of Health Services says the classification of largely rural Graham County improved to “moderate transmission stage.” That made it the final county to meet criteria for reopening businesses such as indoor gyms, bars serving food and movie theaters.

One county, tiny Greenlee in southeastern Arizona, is at “minimal” status, the highest step below normal conditions.


HELENA, Mont. — Nearly half Montana’s confirmed COVID-19 cases came in September as the state continues to report record numbers of infections.

The state reported 429

A major study in India offers insights into on how the spread of the virus differs by age and gender.

An ambitious new study of nearly 85,000 coronavirus cases in India and nearly 600,000 of their contacts, published Wednesday in the journal Science, offers important insights not just for India, but for other low- and middle-income countries.

India now has more than six million cases, second only to the United States.

Among the findings of the study: The median hospital stay before death from Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, was five days in India, compared with two weeks in the United States, possibly because of limited access to quality care. And the trend in increasing deaths with age seemed to drop off after age 65 — perhaps because Indians who live past that age tend to be relatively wealthy and have access to good health care.

The contact tracing study also found that children of all ages can become infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others — offering compelling evidence on one of the most divisive questions about the virus.

“The claims that children have no role in the infection process are certainly not correct,” said Dr. Joseph Lewnard, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who led the study. “There’s, granted, not an enormous number of kids in the contact tracing data, but those who are in it are certainly transmitting.”

And the report confirmed, as other studies have, that a small number of people are responsible for seeding a vast majority of new infections.

Though its overall total of cases is huge, the per capita number of cases reported daily in India — and in many other low-income countries, including in Africa — is lower than in Spain, France or even the United States. And its number of deaths has not yet topped 100,000 — which has surprised some scientists.

The study focused on two southern Indian states, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, which together have a population of about 128 million, and represent two of the five Indian states with the most cases. They also have among the most sophisticated health care systems in the country.

Contact tracers reached more than three million contacts of the 435,539 cases in these two states, although this still did not represent the full set of contacts. The researchers analyzed data for the 575,071 contacts for whom test information was available.

The data revealed that the people infected first — known as index cases — were more likely to be male and older than their contacts. That may be because men are more likely to be out in situations where they might be infected, more likely to become symptomatic and get tested if they do become infected, or perhaps more likely to respond to contact tracers’ calls for information, said Dr. Lewnard. They also found that infected people tend to spread the virus to those of similar ages.

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Nurse to Tuskegee Airmen dead at age 100

Irma “Pete” Cameron Dryden, a Black woman who served as a nurse to Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, has died. She was 100.

Dryden died Sept. 17 at her home in Canton, Georgia, her daughter-in-law, Maggie Williams Dryden, said Tuesday.

After graduating from Harlem Hospital School of Nursing in 1942, Dryden travelled to Tuskegee Airfield in Alabama, where as a member of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps she cared for cadets training to be pilots.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the country’s first Black military aviators and flew missions during World War II. They were trained by Tuskegee University.

Dryden was inspired by their story and wanted to help them, Williams Dryden, told The Associated Press.

“She really didn’t know what she was getting into when she got on the train in New York to go to Alabama,” she said.

The military was segregated when Dryden joined it, and she faced discrimination in the South.

On the train to Tuskegee Airfield, she recalled being stunned by rules requiring Blacks to eat after whites and behind a curtain.

“I didn’t eat the whole trip,” she said in an interview with Tuskegee University on her 100th birthday in May.

Of the 50,000 nurses in the corps who served in the war, fewer than 600 were Black, Pia Jordan, director of the Tuskegee Army Nurses Project, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Dryden rose to the rank of second lieutenant and married Tuskegee Airman Charles Dryden in a ceremony at Tuskegee Airfield in 1943.

After her service, she helped start a New Jersey-based medical lab. She moved to Georgia nine years ago to be closer to family, the newspaper reported.

“I’m proud of the fact I was able to withstand the feelings I had to make sure the young men got the care and attention they needed,” she said in her interview with Tuskegee University. “We knew we were going to overcome the prejudices and all we were faced with.”

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