Too many children are still having their baby teeth extracted because of decay.
In 2017/18, almost 13,000 children under the age of five years old had teeth extracted due to tooth decay. This is an extremely high number for a problem that is almost entirely preventable. It might not always be easy, but as parents, we can do an awful lot of things that can help to minimise any risk of a child of ours suffering in this way.
As well as the long term pain and distress that tooth decay can cause a child, it may also have a negative impact on their development and self confidence, as we will see a little later on. In today’s blog, your local dentists take a look at this unnecessary problem.
Why tooth decay?
Any teeth that are not kept clean are likely to suffer from cavities. This applies whether you are 4 or 104 (if you are lucky enough to have any teeth left at that age!) The key is in avoiding food and drinks that are high risk for your teeth and gums, and making sure that you clean them diligently. As children can’t be expected to clean their teeth well themselves until they reach a certain age, the responsibility falls upon the parents to help them with this.
Watch what they eat and drink
We always presume that children crave sweet things, and there is much evidence for this. That being said, it is also possible that they develop a taste for this because we encourage it, giving them sweet things as a treat, for example. Try to keep these treats down as much as possible and experiment a little to see if your child enjoys other treats that are less harmful for their teeth.
The following are some of the more common ways that parents give their children unnecessary levels of sugar in treats.
- Dipping their dummy/pacifier in sweet liquids
- Putting sweet drinks in their bottle
- Giving them ‘healthy’ treats such as raisins. These are terrible for tiny teeth
- Giving them milk after their night time teeth cleaning
These things are very likely to lead to tooth decay and are easily avoided.
Clean their teeth