The health of your child is the most important thing to consider anything else. Take it from the famous saying, “health is wealth”. You would not want to miss any single aspect of your kid’s health. Certainly, you want his overall being all good, all well. This includes even the small parts of your kid’s body, such as his mouth. He’ll be grateful to you later once he was able to preserve those pearly white teeth until adulthood. As kids love to devour sweet treats like candies, chocolates and ice cream, parents need to look after their kids’ teeth. That is why we compiled these fun dental health facts for kids that you should know. After all, a healthy mouth is tantamount to a healthy mind and body.
Good dental health is not expensive.
A tube of toothpaste can cost less than $3 so there is no excuse for 21 percent of children from low-income households to suffer from discolored teeth or “severe and extensive” tooth decay.
Four in five children attend the dentist regularly.
This is a good start, but this figure should be much closer to 100, especially when you consider that NHS dental treatment is free for children.
Nearly half of 8 years old kids have visible signs of decay on their teeth.
A startling fact no doubt, also something that with the correct measures can be prevented. Ensuring your children brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste is the first step to preventing tooth decay.
Some “healthy drinks” have far more sugar than you think.
Tesco recently pulled Ribena cartons from their shelves but this is not the whole story, some ‘healthy’ fruit juices have been found to contain more tooth-rotting sugar than an equivalent size can of Sprite! Why don’t you switch up these for milk now and again and give your kids teeth a break?
Cavities frequently go untreated.
A whopping 42 percent of children aged two to eleven have untreated cavities caries according to the National Institute Of Dental And Craniofacial Research. Therefore, prioritize good dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist in your family. The sooner cavities are discovered, the lesser damage it affects the teeth.
Only three-quarters of children say they brush their teeth twice a day.
Working with schools and nurseries and highlighting the importance of dental health from an early age is influencing attitudes to dental care. Kids must be getting the message on good dental health and with their input this figure can undoubtedly increase. The kids are getting the message and we hope they help to spread this further.
The proportion of children with plaque has reduced by ten percent in ten years.
At this rate plaque will be eradicated in children by 2079, to put that into perspective the children included in this study will be almost 80 years old. We hope it does not take a lifetime for this to happen when a regular oral health routine will be much quicker.
One in seven children is classed as having severe or extensive tooth decay.
Take a moment to think about the word ‘severe’. Synonyms include; extreme, terrible, awful and intense, not words which should ever be used to describe a condition that is entirely preventable and causes such unnecessary suffering to our children. Developing a good daily oral health routine at a young age will help to develop healthy attitudes to dental health and fight this head-on.
All baby teeth should appear by the age of two and a half.
As soon as teeth appear a visit to the dentist is required. Who knows they may even get a free lollipop (sugar-free obviously) and be your best friend for taking them. Your children will thank you when they have wonderfully healthy teeth later on in life due to forming great habits at such a young age, we much change the hugely worrying fact that.
Children are more relaxed the earlier they start to visit the dentist.
Children sense fear in their parents and with one in seven adults suffering from dental anxiety our children are being taught that they have something to fear. To show children they have nothing to fear they should visit the dentist as young as possible to get to build familiarity with their dental team.
Bad teeth are stopping our kids from smiling.
This is very unsettling; more than one in three 12-year-olds are embarrassed to smile due to the condition of their teeth. Can you imagine a time when your child simply cannot smile due to their teeth? This cannot continue and by knowing the facts something can be done. Others who have discolored teeth, resort to using charcoal teeth whitening for its effectiveness.
Sports may be one of the reasons for dental injuries.
A sports-driven kid may increase his risks of dental injuries. According to the American Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry, ten to thirty-nine percent of dental injuries in kids most particularly, broken and chipped teeth are caused by sports. If your kid is a sports enthusiast then make sure that he wears the right sports gear such as mouth guard if needed.
Dental issues can result to educational issues.
Going to a dental clinic and compromising your kid’s afternoon session off of school is not easy at the end of the school’s schedule. It is said from Center For Health And Health Care In Schools that an enormous 51 million school hours are snatched every year due to dental related issues. Twice a year dental checkups may not seem to contribute to this huge number but the time taken for a complex dental activity like filling cavities can add up, particularly if your kid missed an important school task. Find a more effective schedule routine such as scheduling appointments during school vacations and try to incorporate more serious dental work in between classes.
Putting your kid’s oral care in attention is essential. As the information above could have surprised you, they can also serve as your way to execute a plan and enforce better dental care in your home.
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