With more and more young children, teeth have to be removed by doctors
More and more toddlers are having to pull their teeth because their parents are not taking them to a dentist in time. The reason for this is that the parents think their children are too young to go to the dentist and many parents are not really worried about their children's baby teeth because these will later be replaced by the permanent teeth.
The Royal College of Surgeons researchers found that many British children have teeth removed at the age of one or two because parents don't bring them to the dentist early. The experts published a press release on the results of their study.
About 80 percent of toddlers in England haven't been to a dentist last year
More and more young children have to have their teeth removed because they do not see a dentist early with toothache or similar problems. The numbers show that in England alone, about 80 percent of toddlers weren't at a dentist last year, the study's authors say. Dental care for children of this age is free in England. The numbers also show that 60 percent of children aged one to four years had no dental exam during the same period.
Children should take dental care seriously from an early age
There are widespread misunderstandings among parents about when they should first visit a dentist with their infants. In addition, many parents are not really concerned about their children's baby teeth, because these will later be replaced by permanent teeth, the scientists explain. However, it is important that children take the care of their teeth seriously at an early stage. Otherwise, the probability increases that these children will also neglect the care of their permanent teeth.
Children should visit the dentist from the age of six months
Early visits to the dentist not only protect children's teeth, they also reduce the fear of visiting the dentist, the experts explain. Children and adolescents should have regular dental examinations as soon as their first teeth appear. The children are usually around six months old at this point.
Tooth extractions aged up to four years are increasing rapidly
Figures from hospitals in England show that there were 9,220 cases of tooth extraction in children aged one to four years. This corresponds to an increase of 24 percent in just a decade. There were even 48 cases in which the infants were younger than one year. Around 90 percent of these cases could be avoided by better oral hygiene, say the experts.
Children should have easy access to dental care
In a nation that provides free dental care to everyone under the age of 18, there should be no excuse for the statistics found, explains Professor Nigel Hunt of the Royal College of Surgeons. Every child should have free and easy access to dental care when the first teeth appear in the mouth, the expert adds.
Early visits to the dentist can protect children from anxiety
The earlier a child visits the dentist, the sooner possible problems can be treated. This makes it easier to prevent children from suffering trauma if their teeth have to be removed with the help of anesthesia, explains Professor Hunt.
Follow these tips for healthy teeth
Many of the most common dental problems would be easily avoidable if important dental care advice is followed. Such advice includes, for example, brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and avoiding the consumption of sugary drinks and snacks. (as)