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Decay in Young Children

On Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

The topic of poor attendance for young children attending the Dentist has been widely publicised in the media.

The Faculty of Dental surgery claims that “ widespread misunderstanding “ among parents lies behind that fact that 80% of children aged between one and two did not visit an NHS dentist in 2016-17.

Failure to attend regular visits could lead to young children having rotten teeth which often requires extractions under general anaesthesia.

Hospitals in England performed a total of 9220 extractions in 2015-16 among children aged between one and four.

A survey carried out by Mydentist ,found that the British public is reluctant to visit the dentist due to a host of misconceptions over the cost of dental care.

Prevention of decay for children aged 0-6 years.

Children aged up to 3 years

  • Breast feeding provides the best nutrition for babies
  • From six months of age infants should be introduced to drinking from a free flow cup, and
    from age one year feeding from a bottle should
    be discouraged
  • Sugar should not be added to weaning foods or drinks
  • Parents/carers should brush or supervise toothbrushing
  • As soon as teeth erupt in the mouth brush them twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Brush last thing at night and on one other
    occasion.
  • Use Fluoride toothpaste containing no less than 1,000 ppm fluoride
  • It is good practice to use only a smear of toothpaste
  • The frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced.
  • Sugar-free medicines should be recommended

 

Children aged 3-6 years

  • Brush at least twice daily, with a Fluoride toothpaste
  • Sugar-free medicines should be recommended
  • Brush last thing at night and at least on one other occasion
  • Brushing should be supervised by a parent/carer
  • Use Fluoride toothpaste containing more than 1,000 ppm
  • It is good practice to use only a pea size amount
  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse, to maintain Fluoride concentration levels
  • The frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced.
July 23, 2019

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