Millions of British parents could be putting their children’s health at risk.
By not knowing the facts about kids’ dental care, you could be putting your child’s oral health at risk.
A whopping one quarter of adults don’t think it matters if their kids develop cavities in their baby teeth, because they’ll ‘fall out anyway’, and admit to a lack of knowledge about oral health in children.
How clued up are you about your child’s oral health?
Well, almost a third of parents in the UK wait until their children have all their milk teeth before taking them to the dentist for the first time, according to the study of 1,000 parents with kids under 13. We were pretty taken aback with this finding. Children should be taken to the dentist before their first birthday, or as soon as their first tooth begins to push through. Whichever is sooner.
Are You Putting Your Children’s Oral Health At Risk?
What steps are you taking to ensure your child’s teeth and gums are in tip top condition? Brushing twice a day is only the first step. If your child is old enough and able to, try to encourage flossing. Alongside your child’s at home dental hygiene routine, they should be visiting the dentist, at least twice a year. This allows a dentist to pick up on any issues as your child’s teeth grow, align, and fall out, ready to be replaced by adult teeth! Another thing to consider would be diet. Do you often allow your child to snack on sugary foods? Are you giving them bottles to bed? You need to consider your child’s sugar intake. Too much sugar causes the teeth to rot, leading to cavities, and if untreated, this could put your child in pain.
What are some healthy alternatives you can give your kids?
Well, there are more than you’d think! The tricky part comes when seemingly healthy foods are actually not that good for you child, for example fruit smoothies, fruit juices and smoothies.
- > Switch fruit juices for water. We could all do with drinking more anyways!
- > Alternate fruit snacks with vegetable snacks such as carrot sticks or chopped peppers!
- > If your little one needs a bottle for bed, fill it with water instead.
- > Where possible, look for foods that have ‘no added sugar’
- > Keep sweet treats for the weekends, special occasions such as parties or the cinema
Need to register your children with a dentist?
If you need to register your little ones with a dentist, we can help! On www.defactodentists.com, we have thousands of dentists who are ready and waiting to treat your child. Simply search your location on our website to find dentists near you. Then from the checklist on the left, select ‘child-friendly’ to narrow your search. Then, simply browse through the practices and select the one that best suits the needs of you and your children!