A new study indicates teeth brushing practices aren’t in line with recommended guidelines.
The Centers for Disease Control’s study released Friday includes data from about 5,000 children between three and 15 years old.
If found that nearly 80-percent of parents weren’t brushing their baby’s teeth early enough.
Health care professionals say brushing should start when the child gets their first tooth.
The CDC also found that about one-third of kids only brushed their teeth once a day instead of the recommended twice daily.
Nearly 40-percent also used too much toothpaste according to the study.
A pea-sized amount is recommended to prevent kids from accidentally swallowing too much toothpaste.
It’s also recommended that kids should see the dentist for the first time no later than their first birthday.