5 tips for Brushing Kids Teeth
Recent reports from the PHE reveal some alarming truths about children's teeth. With a national average of 10.7% of three-year-olds having tooth decay, why is it that areas such as Leeds have as many as 1 in 7 three-year-olds with rotten teeth?
Tooth decay in children
As the report highlights: “Poor oral health impacts on children and families affecting children’s ability to eat, smile and socialise and causing pain and infection with days missed at nursery, and for parents’ work, to attend the dentist and hospital to have teeth out.”
Given that tooth decay is largely preventable in developed countries, it’s important to look at the impact that the last year has had on the general population. BDA Chairman, Eddie Crouch looks to “missed appointments, lockdown diets and the suspension of public health programmes” as some of the key reasons for what he calls “an oral health crisis”.
In the wake of the global pandemic, it’s easy to see how some families have struggled when it comes to oral care. The implications of mental health and hygiene due to lockdown notwithstanding, limited choices and resources can mean a limited diet. With trips to the dentist no longer possible, it’s easy to see how this can affect families.
How to prevent tooth decay for children
Regular brushing is essential for both children and adults to maintain healthy teeth and gums, although it’s hard to explain this to a 3-year-old who may be adamant that they do not want to let a toothbrush anywhere near them.
Any parent or caregiver can appreciate the many challenges when it comes to oral care for our children. However, there are multiple tips and tricks that you can find to help your children with brushing their teeth.
Practical advice such as brushing after meals and always supervising any child under 7 years old can be found on the NHS website. There are some great resources for parents and teachers to lead the way for a healthy oral care routine both online and at your dentist or hygienist.
Top tips for brushing kids teeth
From our own research, we have found that the key is to make brushing fun.
- Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste with a wonderful flavour that is just for kids.
- Singing a song or playing music when brushing can really help when it comes to making sure that you are brushing for the recommended 2 minutes.
- Set a good example! Let your child watch you going through your oral care routine.
- Let them practice. On a teddy bear, on you, on the whole family.
- Start talking about oral care early. It’s never too early to talk about the importance of a healthy mouth and teeth. There are lots of books and stories to help.
Is Truthpaste good for children?
We developed Truthpaste Kids with fun in mind, but also a strong focus on the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the botanicals which help keep little teeth and gums strong and healthy. Using a gentle base with soothing calendula and organic coconut oil which are excellent for promoting healthy gums, we have sought the perfect blend of botanicals with antioxidants and flavours that help maintain a healthy pH balance and steering clear from foaming agents and SLS. Importantly, xylitol plays a huge part in fighting tooth decay and preventing plaque from forming. Extensive studies regarding the positive benefits to oral health mean that is is approved by both the Food and Agricultural Organisation and the World Health Organisation
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Don’t take our word for it, here is what parents are saying about Truthpaste Kids.
We’ve been delighted to get such positive feedback on our formula. The reviews reflect the joy we aim to put into brushing.
"My son prefers the taste to my surprise, he seems to open his mouth wider for me to clean!"
“This toothpaste is brilliant! My little one really likes it and gets excited to brush her teeth and it makes me happy to know that she’s using something that promotes a healthy mouth and teeth without all the nasty chemicals.”
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Dosoky, N.S. et.al. (2018) Biological Activities and Safety of Citrus spp. Essential Oils. International Journal of Molecular Sciences
NHS (2018) Live Well: Healthy Teeth and Gums: Kids Teeth [Online] Available at <https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/taking-care-of-childrens-teeth/> [Accessed May 2021]
Wardill, Joanna (2021) One in Seven Three-Year-Olds in Leeds has Rotten Teeth Survey Finds.Yorkshire Evening Post. [online] 28th April. Available from <https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/health/one-in-seven-three-year-olds-in-leeds-has-rotten-teeth-survey-finds-3215498> [Accessed 19th May 2021]
Public Health England (March 2021) Official Statistics Report: Results of Oral Health Study of 3 year olds.
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