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A Lonely Set Of Teeth June 4, 2008

Posted by Mrs Weird Scientist in Easy As Pie, Human Body.
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Brushing Teeth

When it comes to teeth, being lonely is a bad thing! A new survey carried out by the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) has found that more than 1 in 5 under-fives in the United Kingdom (UK) were left to brush their teeth alone. Not only that, but a quarter of parents thought that children didn’t need to brush their teeth twice a day. Three quarters of parents also thought that brushing for one minute was enough. What? Don’t tell me you thought the same thing!

The Wrong Idea

The results get even more worrying. Twenty-three percent of parents thought that fizzy pop and similar drinks were fine for kids to consume, even though these drinks have been associated with dental decay. Overall, the results aren’t good but fortunately, they at least give us some clarity about why over half of all kids in the UK experience tooth decay.

Grab Your Toothbrush And Get Foamy

Toothbrush

So, how do we sort out all of this tooth decay and poor brushing habits? According to Nigel Carter – chief executive of the BDHF – good hygiene and preventative habits need to start at a young age. The hope is that if a kid forms excellent dental habits early on, these habits will continue into adulthood. That being said, somebody needs to teach a child how to brush properly and for the recommended two minutes. This means that in the case of teeth, company is a good thing! Parents need to supervise their young kids when they brush their teeth each morning and evening. In fact, if you’re already a master brusher, maybe you can help supervise a younger brother or sister brushing their teeth? Perhaps even show them a few silly tricks. I personally enjoy making goofy faces when I have foam dripping over my lips. It’s a good way to scare people while also showing off my pearly white teeth!

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