Preventing Tooth Decay in Children
Did you know that the most common reason for a hospital stay and general anaesthetic for a child is to have decayed teeth removed?
Figures for children aged 5 to 9 in 2018-2019 show 25,702 hospital admissions for tooth decay, and 11,811 admissions for acute tonsillitis.
Dental decay can be very painful and in some cases life threatening. The use of a general anaesthetic in a young child is not without its dangers. And yet, dental decay is entirely preventable with good dental hygiene and a sensible diet.
While your child is still being breast and/or bottle fed, don’t send them to bed with a bottle. If they need a bottle for comfort after their feed, give them water. Many people don’t realise that milk contains sugar, and that this sugar can cause decay.
Once your child is weaned, try and keep to a healthy diet. 3 main meals and 2 snacks a day. Ideal snacks are cheese chunks and carrot sticks. We don’t recommend dried fruit as they are very sugary and sticky. Keep fizzy drinks and fruit squashes to a minimum and these are full of sugar and are also very acidic