There's a lot of things that children could be doing to damage their teeth that you don't know about.
As we reportedly recently, an alarming new report out of England indicates a significant number of children there are being hospitalized for tooth extractions — and there are a few things your kids could be doing that could raise the risk that they could be among them.
The new report found that there were 128,558 instances of children age 10 and under who had to have at least one tooth removed since 2011, and there were 14,445 cases of children 5 years old and under between April 1, 2014 and March 31 last year, according to reports.
It’s an alarming trend that represents the No. 1 cause of hospitalizations for children in England, and medical authorities are trying to raise awareness for families to help them prevent tooth decay.
As it turns out, there’s a lot of things your child could be doing to promote tooth decay that you don’t even know about. We all know that eating too much candy is bad and children should be brushing twice per day, but there are other things you can do to prevent problems downt he road.
For one thing, many kids often go to bed with a glass of milk. But what parents don’t realize is that the lactose in milk is a type of sugar, and this sugar is allowed to eat away at the teeth all night long.
And it’s also not about how much sugar your child eats — it’s also when he or she eats them. If your child frequently snacks during the day, even healthy snacks, the child is exposing teeth to damage a lot more often than if he or she was simply eating three times per day and brushing after those meals.
But perhaps the most important thing you can do is simply see your dentist more often. Many parents neglect taking their children to the dentist every six months as is recommended. A regular dental checkup is the best way to spot problems ahead of time and deal with them.t