Children’s Teeth and Oral Health: Why It’s Important

STRONG TEETH MAKE
STRONG KIDS
EPISODES OF CHILDREN UNDER 5 HAVE HAD TEETH EXTRACTED 2
OF CHILDREN HAVE HAD SLEEPLESS NIGHTS BECAUSE OF DENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS 3
OF CHILDREN AGE 12 ARE TOO EMBARASSED TO SMILE OR LAUGH 4
OF SCHOOL ARE MISSED EVERY YEAR PER CHILD DUE TO DENTAL PROBLEMS 5

What you should know about your child’s oral health

The first baby teeth appear. Parents should brush their baby’s teeth twice daily with baby/child fluoride toothpaste and schedule their first dental appointment by age 1.

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They should have a full set of 20 baby teeth. Parents should brush their kid’s teeth twice a day, every day, in the morning and before bedtime.

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Even though adult teeth begin emerging during these years, parents should continue to brush their children’s teeth through age 7 and limit sugary foods and drinks to avoid cavities and decay.

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TIPS AND TRICKS:
HOW TO MAKE BRUSHING FUN

Not all children develop a habit of brushing twice a day so easily. Fortunately, there are lots of fun and engaging ways to make brushing time something to look forward to for both parent and child.

Select your child’s age range to get the best toothpaste and toothbrush combination they can use for daily brushing.

1. In their primary teeth. Source: National Health Service Child Dental Health Survey 2013. 2. Due to tooth decay. Tooth extracted under general anaesthetic. Source: Public Health England Health Matters: Child Dental Health 2017 3. Children with decay waiting for dental treatment in hospital. Source: Public Health England Health Matters: Child Dental Health 2017 4. Due to tooth decay or missing teeth. Source: National Health Service Child Dental Health Survey 2013 5. Children with decay waiting for dental treatment In hospital. Source: Public Health England Health Matters: Child Dental Health 2017.