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Health & Fit World Oral Health Day 2018: how parents can help children start good oral hygiene habits

16:31  20 march  2018
16:31  20 march  2018 Source:   afprelaxnews.com

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Results of a new international survey released Tuesday, March 20 on World Oral Health Day has revealed improvements parents can make in helping children establish a good dental care routine, starting with earlier dental checkups before a child 's first birthday.

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Carried out by the FDI World Dental Federation, the survey questioned 4,056 parents with children aged 18 and under in the UK, Australia, Egypt, Philippines, France, USA, Morocco, Sweden, China, and Argentina.

Parents were asked how they cared for their children's teeth, and the responses were used to help suggest how dental care could be improved.

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The survey showed that only 13 percent of parents took their child to the dentist before their first birthday -- which is the recommended age for a child's first dental checkup in order to help prevent developing early childhood caries.

Most parents (24 percent) first took their child to the dentist when they were between one and three years old, with 22 percent of parents taking children between four and six years old. However, 20% reported that they had never taken their child for a dental checkup.

"It's worrying to learn that most children are not getting a dental checkup at the recommended age," said Dr Kathryn Kell, FDI President. "Good oral health habits start early."

The survey also found that although in many countries the majority of parents reported that dental visits were for routine checkups, in Egypt, the Philippines, and Morocco, many parents waited until their child had pain or discomfort before taking them to the dentist (56%, 43% and 38% respectively).

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Although there is still room for improvement, 43% of parents did say that they personally ensured their child's teeth were brushed before bedtime -- a key message promoted by FDI -- with 40% of parents supervising their child's toothbrushing twice a day. However, just 26% reported that they have personally cleaned their child's teeth from as soon as the first tooth pushed out.

When questioned on other important factors for good oral health, 38% of parents took care to limit the amount of sugar in their children's diet, which contributes to oral diseases, but only 8% reported encouraging their child to wearing a mouthguard when playing sports.

"Oral diseases can impact every aspect of life and are associated with many general health conditions," said Dr Kell. "This World Oral Health Day, we want people to make the connection between their oral health and general health and understand the impact that one has on the other. Knowing how to protect your mouth and body at all ages contributes to a better quality of life."

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FDI has the following advice for parents who want to make improvements to their child's health care routine:

  • Schedule regular dental checkups starting no later than the first birthday.
  • Have regular dental checkups.
  • Start cleaning a child's teeth before bed time when the first tooth starts pushing through.
  • Supervise children's toothbrushing twice a day with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Eat a healthy diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in sugar.

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