According to the British Dental Health Foundation, parents in the UK are stopping tooth brushing supervision much too early. Almost 4 million children under the age of 14 in the UK are at risk for developing major oral health complications as a result of improper tooth brushing supervision, and if parents watched their children brush for longer periods of time, these problems could be reduced.
A new poll found that one out of every three parents in the UK stopped supervising their child’s tooth brushing before they turned seven years old. Guidelines advise that parents continue to supervise their children during brushing until they are at least seven years old, as this supervision will ensure that kids are brushing correctly for the right amount of time.
Children today face more oral health problems than ever. Many of the problems come from our diets, which tend to be high in sugar. Acidic drinks like soda are also problematic and can lead to erosion and decay. Ensuring that your children are properly brushing their teeth with toothpaste twice per day is one of the easiest ways that parents can verify their children are getting their teeth cleaned properly, regardless of what they are eating.
What Exactly Should You Look For?
First, you should make sure that your child is using proper techniques in order to brush all the surfaces of their teeth for at least two minutes. You will also want to make sure that your child is spitting out excess toothpaste, but isn’t rinsing his mouth with water after brushing. This will ensure that the fluoride remains on the teeth rather than being washed away.
Taking a little extra time to supervise your child’s brushing could be extremely beneficial. By continuing to watch as they brush, you could be setting your child up for a lifetime of good dental health.
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