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Is brushing enough to protect your child’s teeth?

Brushing your child’s teeth twice a day has been shown to not be enough to protect them from tooth decay.

Of course, having a well-practised oral health routine from a young age will definitely help to keep your child’s teeth clean but to really protect their teeth from decay you will need to cut down on the amount of sugar in their diet. However, children who only have their teeth brushed once a day are twice as likely to suffer from rotting teeth and may have to have a tooth extraction.

Almost 43,000 children had to have tooth extractions in hospital last year. That figure has risen by more than a fifth in the past five years.

The main contribution to the amount of sugar in the modern diet is sugary snacks and a new study has been done to prove this. Scientists studied a group of 4,000 pre-school children and found that snacking was more likely to cause tooth decay than just eating three meals a day.

A new campaign by Change4Life has been launched to try and inform parents about the importance to limit children’s daily snacking. The campaign advises that you limit your child’s packaged snacks to two a day, no more than 100 calories each.

Find out more information about the campaign here.

For more information on how to look after your child’s teeth, ask your dentist at your next appointment or contact us on 01248 787878 for advice.

Posted by Geraint Buse on 23rd January 2018, under Children's Dentistry

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