12% of 3 year olds have tooth decay.
Its a tough time for the tooth fairy as a new study showed many 3 year olds have tooth decay. The Public Health England (PHE) study revealed its findings that 12% of 3 year olds have rotten baby teeth; with some areas that number is as high as 32%. The average number of decayed teeth was three. And while many parents believed decayed baby teeth is no big issue, it can be a signal of future oral trouble.
Tooth decay is caused by an abundance of sugar both in food and drinks. It is important to have your children brush twice a day, two minutes of brushing each time.
Dentist Ben Atkins, clinical director of the Revive Dental Care practices in Manchester. He says: "It stores up problems for the future if parents don't ensure their children's teeth are looked after when they're young."There's evidence that once you've got decayed teeth, you will get more. Looking after baby teeth is a really good preventative regime for when adult teeth come through."
One problem the PHE found in their study is the possibility of a decay called Early Childhood Caries. which starts at the upper front teeth before expanding to the rest of the teeth. For 2 year + children, give a skimmed milk or water (as long as the child eats well).
Often, staying away from sugar proved a difficult challenge as it is added to many things (eg. ketchup).
However, Atkins remarks that the rate of tooth decay has fallen massively since 1976 when flouride toothpaste was introduced.
He also points out it is a good idea to bring children to the dentist early to avoid the 'fear factor', and on a regular basis in order to accustom them to it and make it part of their adult lives.
Every year, 25,000 children have teeth removed because of preventable decay.