Today I am sharing information from Simplyhealth concerning tooth decay in children. Did you know, new research reveals that one in ten children, miss a day off of school due to tooth decay. Read on for more statistics regarding Childrens oral health habits and a list of ideas for tooth-friendly school lunchboxes
The government are announcing plans for a consultation on introducing a tooth brushing scheme in primary schools. It transpires that parents are obviously in favour of these future proposals as 64% of parents said that getting their children to brush their teeth for more than two minutes a day was their biggest challenge!
More than 1 in 5 children brush once a day or less, and only 13 % of children aged seven and under are brushing their teeth unsupervised.
Preparing tooth-friendly lunchboxes could also prove difficult for parents this year as 37% admitted ensuring that that kids had healthy snacks a struggle. Read on for some Ideas for tooth-friendly school lunchboxes
Ideas for tooth-friendly school lunchboxes
Hard Boiled Eggs
Bagel + Cream Cheese
It seems its not just during the school day that children are at risk, as 30% of parents of parents said that their child often takes a drink to bed, of which shockingly 1 in 10 admitted that their child takes a fizzy drink to bed. 24% said their child takes squash or cordial.
Dr Catherine Rutland (Head dental officer at simplyhealth) comments
“Sugary or fizzy drinks should only be consumed occasionally as a treat, and definitely never at bedtime. Drinking something with high sugar content leaves your children vulnerable to tooth decay. Less saliva is produced at night so the teeth will be bathed in sugar and acid whilst they sleep.
Dr Rutland suggests parents visit a dentist with their family at least once every 6 months. Regular visits help children get into a good oral health routine.
Simplyhealth, the experts behind Denplan payment plan, are working in partnership with charities such as Teeth Team to help improve the oral health of primary aged children in socially deprived communities.
To find out more visit www.teethteam.org.uk
*Many thanks to Simplyhealth – the experts behind Denplan dental payments for providing the readers of MyModelMummy useful statistics concerning childrens oral health. This is not a collaborative post*