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article imageIncrease reported in young children with dental problems

By Nicole Byerly     Mar 19, 2012 in Health
Recent reports show that parents are often neglecting to care for their young children’s teeth. Taking 3-5 minutes out of the day to brush your child’s teeth can prevent painful encounters with the dentist early on.
Children between the ages of 2 – 3 years typically have twenty teeth inside their tiny mouths. According to dentists at the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, the rise in children with decay on 10 or more teeth has increased drastically over the last few years. Dr. Gandee Licklider states that it is not uncommon for young children to come in with decay in at least ten teeth.
Licklider believes the increase in dental problems in young children is associated with more young children drinking sweet tea, Gatorade, and soda as well as eating a higher amount of sugary foods and snacks. Another problem causing the increase of dental decay can be contributed to an increase use of gummy vitamins in young children as well as water consumption without fluoride, particularly from bottled water products.
Dental problems in children are not a problem in only low-income homes, but a growing problem in wealthy homes as well. Parents often find that their young children do not like having their teeth brushed, so they choose to wait until they are older before trying to brush their teeth again. The end result of waiting is that the problems cannot be prevented nor discovered until it is too late.
In addition to young children having to go to the dentist to treat their tooth decay, most children have to go through anesthesia in order to have anything performed inside of their mouth because they will not stay still nor will they stay quiet throughout a normal session.
Parents who discover a problem with brushing children’s teeth are encouraged to use tasteful flavored toothpaste, cartoon character toothbrushes, and other incentives to encourage their children to brush their teeth. It is also recommended that parents brush their children’s teeth until they are at least five years old to eliminate the possibility of half-brushing or missing spots on the teeth. Children's teeth should be brushed two to three times per day; in the morning, after lunch, and before bed to establish a routine.
It is recommended to begin brushing young children’s teeth as soon as they pop through the gums in order to begin early preventive measures of protecting the teeth from oral decay and other dental problems. Dentists also recommend taking in children by the age of one year for an oral x-ray in order to detect potential dental problems before the teeth break through.
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