Half of children in the UK do not see a dentist on a regular basis, according to a new survey.
The survey, which was conducted by Mintel and involved 2,000 parents, found that half of children do not go for regular dental check-ups and only 57 per cent of parents supervise their children to ensure that they brush their teeth properly.
Roshida Khanom, an analyst from Mintel, said that the survey shows an alarming lack of awareness about the importance of regular check-ups for children.
Doctors recommend checks every 6 months for children from an early age, and advise parents to take their child for at least one check-up before they reach the age of 2 years old.
The poll found that most parents do not think it necessary to take their child to a dentist when they first get baby teeth. Meanwhile, 1 in 10 admitted that they don’t pay too much attention to their child’s teeth because they know the baby teeth with fall out eventually anyway.
Dentists are eager to educate parents about the importance of good oral health, as premature tooth loss can cause problems in later adult life, and children who have tooth decay often suffer from pain and struggle to concentrate at school. Childhood is also an important developmental time, when good habits like proper oral health can be instilled in children for the rest of their lives.
When children have severely decayed teeth they must also have them extracted under general anaesthetic in hospital, which is a daunting and frightening prospect for children that exposes them to otherwise avoidable risks.
Decay is entirely preventable. By focusing on diet and oral hygiene, parents can help to drastically reduce the risk of children suffering from dental diseases.
Call us here at Dental Care Partnership on 0121 354 1922 to book an Child’s Dental Appointment with one of our friendly team.