Helping to prevent tooth decay in children
IN CONJUNCTION with Dental Health Week, Brian Poschelk Dental in Cannonvale want to encourage Whitsunday parents to help evade children’s tooth decay.
The message for this year’s oral health week is ‘tooth decay in children and adults is preventable not inevitable’.
Doctor Alice Harriott, who practices at Brian Poschelk Dental, will spend the next few weeks visiting local kindergartens and schools to spread the message of dental health week to as many children as possible.
“Good diet and oral hygiene go hand in hand and we spend a lot of our time educating parents and children in making good food choices for the teeth,” she said.
It is a reality that half of Australian children have tooth decay before they are six-years-old.
However, preventing decay is easy, all you need is a tooth brush, fluoride toothpaste and some floss.
If tooth decay is detected early, it can even be reversed in some cases.
Parents have a job to protect their children from decay by brushing and flossing their teeth at least once a day until they turn 10-years-old. According to the staff at Brian Poschelk, a balanced, healthy diet is critical to healthy teeth.
It’s important to limit the foods you already know that are bad for their teeth like fizzy drinks, juices, muesli bars and sweets but also limit the frequency in which they eat them.
Poor eating habits like grazing and extended periods of eating and drinking is detrimental to good oral health.
It can be difficult to find and prepare healthy snacks for your children and their teeth.
Good oral care should not be an option but a part of everyday life and it starts with a tooth brush, fluoride toothpaste and some floss.
Visiting your dentist regularly for a professional clean and check-up is also essential to identifying teeth and gum problems early.
For more information visit www.dentalhealthweek.com.au
DENTAL HEALTH ADVICE: Dr Alice Harriott visited C and K Kindergarten in Cannonvale last week. Pictured are (from back) Evie Sawdy, Isla Bennet, Claudia Ansell, Zoe Fenning, Kate Foster, Dr Alice Harriott, Arianna Palma, Blake Kelly, Reef Weller, (front) Kalin Aitken, Lily Maher, May Thompson, Josie Garner and Samuel Galios.