Following the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) lead, our team at South Burnett Dental Group want to take this opportunity to promote awareness for tooth decay in children.
Does your child have tooth decay?
You may not be aware, but according to recent studies conducted by the ADA, almost 1 in 2 Australian children under the age of 6 suffer from tooth decay.
So how do their teeth become decayed?
Often times the problem is sugar consumption. In a country where we are known to consume more than double the world’s average sugar intake daily, the need to lower sugar consumption is essential for the health of ourselves and our families.
Another classic concern for parents as their children learn to brush and floss is how do you get them to do it properly? Children are not particularly known for their patience which is why it’s fundamentally important to start their education as early as possible.
What age should children start brushing and flossing?
Here at South Burnett Dental Group in Kingaroy, we suggest that you start teaching your child to brush as soon as they begin teething. This way they will have the memory of brushing twice a day for as far back as they can remember.
Start off with a kid’s toothbrush. These are especially gentle against their developing teeth and gums. Floss can also be introduced around this time but make sure you take the time to monitor how long your kiddies brush for and how.
For more information on how best to brush, book a consultation with our team and we will guide you and your child through the process in a fun and interesting way!
Can decay be reversed?
As we discussed back in August during Dental Health Week in our article “Are you harbouring a sugar bandit?” there are ways to stop and even somewhat reverse the effects of decay. Your child’s saliva and other naturally occurring substances in the mouth can help to rebuild the enamel on your teeth.
Remember however that whenever we eat or drink something that contains sugar it bonds with bacteria present in the mouth and creates acids. These acids begin to eat away at the tooth’s enamel and left on the surface of the teeth, it can lead to decay and cavities.
To counter the effects harmful bacteria have on your teeth, the ADA has put together a bunch of tips so you can help your child nurture good hygiene habits and keep a healthy smile for life.
5 tips to stop decay in its tracks from the ADA
- Avoid snack foods that are sticky, gummy, chewy or sweet
- Avoid grazing. Have set meals times and form a routine
- Limit fruit to two servings per day. Fruit is good but too much can be harmful
- Give your kids water with every meal to help wash away lingering food
- Hand out healthier snacks! Vegies, cheeses and lean meats are great and tasty options
Putting health first with South Burnett Dental Group
Your child’s smile is one that will stick with them for life. Give them the best chance of a healthy future by instilling them with good habits.