These Facts About Children’s Teeth Will Shock You
Posted 14th November, 2014
30% of the children in the UK have tooth decay before they’re five, according to a recent study by Mintel. And almost 26,000 children in England between five and nine years old were hospitalised for multiple tooth extractions in 2013-14 — that’s nearly 500 a week, says The Sunday Times.
Kids’ teeth in crisis
The report included more shocking facts about the state of tooth care for the under 12’s. Out of almost 500 parents surveyed:
- Nearly half didn’t take their children to the dentist regularly
- Only 1 in 5 thought children needed to visit the dentist once they had baby teeth
- Just 63% of mums and 50% of dads made sure their children brushed their teeth every day
Healthy teeth for kids
The main culprit in this epidemic of children’s tooth decay, apart from poor dental care, is sugar – especially sugary drinks. A fizzy drink with fun cartoon characters on the bottle might seem harmless. But these drinks aimed at children are usually packed with sugar.
Slogans such as “no added sugar” are often misleading – these products do contain sugar (manufacturers just don’t add extra). And even natural “unsweetened” fruit juice can harm teeth if drunk often.
So limiting sweet drinks is very important. Offer kids water or milk instead of tooth-rotting alternatives.
Why do baby teeth matter?
Milk teeth fall out. It’s a natural process that starts happening when kids are around six years old. But these temporary teeth need as much care as permanent adult teeth. Here’s why:
- Kids need healthy teeth to help chew their food
- Young children need their teeth as they learn to talk
- Learning to care for teeth is part of growing up
What age should a child first visit the dentist?
Babies don’t have teeth, so it stands to reason they don’t need to start going to the dentist until they’re older – right? In fact, it’s never too early to start little ones on the road to healthy teeth and gums.
Get children used to the dentist early
Bringing baby along to your regular checkups introduces them to the dentist gradually. Children should see the dentist regularly from when their baby teeth or “milk teeth” come through.
Call the team at Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham to make a dentist appointment for your child on 01978 757409.