Are you worried about your child’s teeth?

 

According to The National Children’s Dental Health Survey, half of children have tooth decay. Not only is this a problem in terms of dental health, but is also causing millions of youngsters to feel too embarrassed to smile or laugh.

 

The recent report and subsequent news coverage surrounding this issue highlights how important it is to look after your teeth, not just from a health perspective, but as a means of fostering confidence too.

 

Over the past few years, the news has been rife with stories attempting to increase our awareness of how much sugar is in our food and how difficult it is to avoid food products with sugar altogether. We also know how much children love sugar, making it difficult and arguably unfair to ask them to avoid it altogether.

 

How To Avoid Tooth Decay

 

In order for your child to maintain a healthy smile, NHS Choices recommends children brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste.

 

It’s also vital that they go for regular dental check-ups, as advised by your child’s dentist. Regular dental appointments will also reduce the likelihood of dental emergencies occurring.

 

If you do find a dental emergency occurs in your household out of hours, don’t worry! Visit the East Berkshire Primary Care Out of Hours blog to find out what to do.