Dental decay is a serious problem in young people – and it is largely preventable.
In 2017 in England, almost a quarter of five year olds had experienced tooth decay, having an average of 3 or 4 decayed teeth. Figures suggest that more than 105 children a day have their teeth removed in hospital due to tooth decay.
In June 2017, Public Health England published new guidance Health matters: child dental health which sets out clear guidance on how to prevent tooth decay in young people. With children spending an increasing amount of time in childcare, childcare practitioners play an important role in supporting good oral health.
You can help reduce tooth decay in children by:
- Reducing the consumption of food and drink containing sugars in your child's diet
- Supporting children to be aware of what good oral health means – and helping them and their parents to understand the importance of cleaning their teeth with fluoride toothpaste and eating healthily
- Working with parents to emphasise good oral health, and the importance of visiting the dentist on a regular basis.