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Children’s oral health

31 July, 2015

BSBUWe recently launched our Big Summer Brush Up, encouraging children and parents to make sure they’re brushing properly. With almost a third of children suffering from tooth decay, caring for your children’s teeth is paramount to their health and wellbeing.

One of the most important and simple things parents can do to ensure children don’t suffer from tooth decay, is to make sure they’re brushing properly, twice a day.

82% of parents with a child aged seven or under brush their teeth for them or supervise their brushing. 11% say their child brushes their own teeth, unsupervised. 59% say they find it easy to get their child to brush for the recommended two minutes, twice a day. 21% said they find it difficult.*

Henry Clover, our Deputy Chief Dental Officer says “dentists recommend that children under seven are always supervised when brushing their teeth. This helps to ensure they’re brushing each tooth properly and for the ideal two minutes. Also, as children tend to suck the toothpaste off their brush and swallow it, it also helps keep an eye on this! Try to make brushing time as positive as possible. Fun toothbrushes, toothbrush timers, brushing charts and counting your teeth in the mirror can help to get children interes?????????ted in this activity. Your dental team will also be able to provide lots of helpful tips and techniques to optimise brush time.”  See here our Big Summer Brush Up reward chart!

How can we help get parents more clued up on children’s oral health? Denplan can help support everyone looking for information on how to get great oral health for all the family we created MyTeeth, a website full of handy tips and facts to help improve your family’s oral health.  We also have the ‘Little Book of Healthy Smiles’, a fun and pictorial way to educate everyone.  Get clued up today and ensure your child’s smile stays happy and healthy for a long time to come.

*All figures are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 5,823 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 4th – 9th February 2015. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). 

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