Help­ing to pre­vent tooth de­cay in chil­dren

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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