Over recent years, the dental health of our children has been a real worry. With advertising of sweets and sugary foods being at an all time high, and a lack of education on this topic in schools, tooth decay in children has become an issue. Recent news, however, shows that things are on the up – with the number of five-year-olds with tooth decay having dropped to its lowest level in almost a decade. This is fantastic news and shows that the crackdown on sugar, advertising, and improved education in this area has really begun to help.
In 2008, nearly a third of all five year olds had tooth decay; according to research last year, in 2015, the number has dropped to a quarter. As always, there were variations in numbers regionally, with those in the North West having the highest rates of tooth decay and those in the South East having the least.
While the statistics show a huge improvement, the number is much higher than it should be. Oral hygiene in children still needs to be addressed to prevent a higher risk of further tooth decay in later life.
As a parent, there are a number of things you can do to help improve your child’s dental health. From making savvy food swaps to helping your child brush their teeth; the solutions are even easier than you might think.
As a subject we’re really passionate about, we’re also doing our bit to help today’s youth. At AP Smilecare, we’re offering free dental checks for all toddlers. We welcome all children six months and older.
Our free check ups will help to ensure a good start when it comes to dental health and will encourage children to look after their own teeth as they continue to grow. As well as educating your little ones, we’ll also be offering advice to you – the parents. We know just how hard it is to get your child to look after their teeth. Whether they just don’t like brushing or can’t get enough of their favourite sweets, we’ll be offering tips and advice to all parents on dental care and sugar.
To find out more, contact the AP Smilecare team today on 01254 297 000. We look forward to hearing from you!
Posted on: 13th May, 2016