Dorset children have some of the worst teeth in the UK.
DORSET is above both the national and regional average for the number of children aged under 5 with dental problems.
Tooth Decay is on the rise in Dorset Children.
On the Defacto Dentists blog, we’ve looked at tooth decay in children many a time. It remains the number one reason for hospital admissions in children. If you were to ask people the number one cause for hospital admissions in children, they’d probably say broken bones or appendicitis.
The worst part is that tooth decay is easily preventable. Good dental health in children should start at home. From a very young age, parents should manifest a positive oral health regimen in their children.
Public Health England (PHE) figures show that 24.8 per cent of Dorset children have decayed, missing or filled teeth by the time they are five years-old – this is truly shocking and something that needs to be resolved.
Easy steps to take for good dental hygiene in children.
Ensuring that kids have the correct toothbrush and toothpaste is vital. Making sure their kids brush for two minutes twice daily is vital too, any less and teeth won’t be getting the clean that they desperately need.
Children are also eligible for free dental care on the NHS – this is for all children and parents should take advantage of this. Children will receive free NHS dental care up until the age of 18 when treatment is no longer free. You can register a child with a dentist from birth. This ensures that they get regular check-ups throughout their childhood. Your child might not even have any teeth yet, but that doesn’t m
ean a dentist has nothing to look at.
Dentists can spot the signs of teeth not growing in properly or underlying health conditions that might otherwise go unnoticed. If you want more information about registering your child with an NHS dentist, click here.
Consider your child’s diet.
It is also a good idea to monitor your children’s diet. Faced with carrot sticks or a bar of chocolate, we all know what they’re going to choose. We know it can be hard to monitor what they’re eating when they’re at after school groups or at their friend’s house, but at home, try to limit the amount of sugar they are consuming. While we automatically think of sugars as sweets and chocolate bars, there are also hidden sugars in what we think are healthy. A prime example of this would be fruit juices or smoothies. These are full of sugars.
Register your child with a dentist near you!
If you’re looking to register your child with a dentist, head over to our website www.defactodentists.com and search your location. After searching, from the menu on the left, select ‘child-friendly’ to narrow your search.
Giving your child the right head start with their dental health will stand them in good stead for the future! More care on your teeth at a young age means less time in the big chair as an adult.