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?
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.
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.
From our own research, we have found that the key is to make brushing fun.
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.”
“Since we started using it her teeth look cleaner and she never complains about ulcers anymore! It's so great that it's plastic free as well!”
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Why do we use this carrier oil in Truthpaste?
In Ayurvedic practice, Calendula is used for oil pulling in much the same way that you would with coconut oil. The antiseptic properties work to prevent gingivitis and plaque build up. Studies suggest calendula can help to repair the soft tissue of the gums whilst actively fighting plaque.