In 2015, more than 300 Lincolnshire children had teeth removed, caused mainly by fizzy drinks, juices, smoothies, sweets and lack of supervised tooth brushing and not visiting the dentist on a regular basis.
It is the number one reason children end up in hospital each year having General Anaesthetic. Lincolnshire dentists currently carry out more than 300,000 fillings per year, often caused by the sweet food and drinks we consume and our lack of tooth brushing.
The pain, fear, stress, anxiety, days off schools and work can all be stopped if we just cut down on sipping sweet drinks and eating sugary snacks, brushed our teeth twice a day and visited the dentist as often as they recommend.
The Lincolnshire Oral Health Promotion team have come together to fight tooth decay, help you discourage your children from drinking sweet drinks and help them to brush their teeth twice a day. Our team is made up of community health promoters, dentists, nurses and health visitors.
We are working together with the parents/carers, health visitors, children’s centres, dentists and dental nurses to make sure that the all children in Lincolnshire have happy healthy smiles to be proud of.
We aim to do this by working with parents and carers to help get your children into a routine of brushing their teeth, and brush your babies and toddlers teeth easily. We’ll bring you videos from mums, dads and carers in Lincolnshire who have overcome the brush your teeth battle. We also want to help you to resist the ‘Pester Power’ from your children for sweets and sugary drinks.
Here is what you can do to save your children’s teeth:
- Give your children water or milk to drink and never put sweet drinks into baby bottles
- If you do give sweet drinks make sure these are kept to a meal time only
- Keep all sugary foods to a mealtime and not as a snack
- Brush your child’s teeth twice a day - last thing before bed and at least one other time in the day - for at least two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Try using the Brush DJ app download from www.brushdj.com
- ‘Spit, don’t rinse’ after brushing – this gives the toothpaste time to work to protect teeth against plaque which leads to tooth decay
- Start taking your child to the dentist when they are 6 months old and go back for a check up as often as they recommend. A visit to the dentist is free for everyone under 18, all new mum’s/carers, expectant mums and if your child is under a year old
- When your child is 3 years old, ask your dentist if they can have a fluoride varnish to protect their teeth from tooth decay
- Introduce drinking from a cup from 3-4 months and stop using baby bottles by the time they reach a year old.
If you struggle to find a dentist or get turned away by a dentist please contact Children’s Oral Health on 01522 555686.