Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on June 13, 2018
This month sees the annual National Smile Month campaign to promote healthy oral health.
There is a focus on supporting and educating parents to help their children develop the right habits to maintain a healthy mouth. It is shocking that research has revealed that nearly a third (31%) of 5-year-olds and nearly half (46%) of 8-year-olds in the UK have obvious tooth decay in their primary teeth. Also, it was found that, sadly, 35% of 12-year-old children are too embarrassed to smile or laugh due to tooth decay or missing teeth at such a young age. These dental health issues come down to many factors, including poor oral care habits and nutrition. However, with the right education and support, they are mostly preventable.
Here are some simple ways to make it easier to help keep your children’s teeth clean and healthy:
The importance of a healthy smile cannot be underestimated. Our teeth not only help us chew and digest food, they help us with talking and giving support to our lips and face.
The three easy steps to keep our teeth lifelong:
By brushing our teeth twice daily, maintaining a low-in-sugar diet and regular visits to your dentist, we can help reduce the risk of diseases like dental decay and gum disease – both of which can result in tooth loss.
A healthy smile can truly transform our visual appearance, the positivity of our mindset, as well as improving the health of not only our mouth but our body too.