Children Are Not Brushing Their Teeth
As parents, we like to think we do our best to protect the health of our children.
But are we really sure we take good care of their oral health?
The number of Welsh children with fillings has doubled in four years which is alarming.
According to a new survey by Mintel, just over half of British parents with children younger than 12-years-old make sure their children visit their dentist on a regular basis and a large number of parents did not know what the right time to take their kids for their first checkup was.
Dentists recommend that babies should be taken to a dentists once the milk teeth come through, but it is necessary for a professional to see a child’s teeth before the kid is two-years-old. After that, depending on each individual case, checkups will be recommended once every three months to once a year.
Moreover, only 57% of respondents said they checked if their children had brushed their teeth. Among these, mothers were more conscious about their kids’ oral hygiene, with 63% of female respondents ensuring their children brush on a regular basis. This compared to 50% of fathers surveyed.
What is even more worrying is the fact that almost one in ten parents believe baby teeth do not require any special care, since they will fall out anyway. But ignoring oral hygiene for young children leads to tooth decay and prevents children from developing tooth care habits.
The poll also revealed that about one in five parents felt they were not confident enough to protect their children’s oral health.
Read our Blog Posts to learn more about protecting your children’s teeth:
- Dental Cavities May Impede Children’s Growth.
- Should Tooth Decay In Young Children Be Treated With A Filling?
- Teach Children To Care For Teeth For Long-Term Benefits.