Dental issues are now the number one reason for children to be hospitalised in NSW, according to the latest NSW Health data. Sadly, many children need to go under general anaesthetic to have rotten teeth extracted and the numbers are increasing each year.
Sadly, most of these admissions could have been prevented with a healthier diet, regular brushing and dental checks.
When juggling work and family responsibilities, it’s easy for your child’s oral health to be overlooked. But just because children don’t complain about dental pain, it doesn’t mean their teeth are fine.
Bad teeth, health and schoolwork
If a child is developing a hole in their tooth, they may not notice at first. If they’re not having dental checkups and decay is not dealt with, pain may begin or an infection may flare up. Any infection is not just a risk to the teeth and mouth, but to your child’s overall health.
Dental pain is also a major distraction to children, affecting their concentration at school and disrupting their sleep.
Regular checkups will ensure any issues are picked up early and treated quickly so problems don’t get worse. National Dental Care practices are kid-friendly and young patients are encouraged to get their checkups with Mum or Dad so it becomes a normal routine, not a scary visit.
Reducing sugar in your child’s diet
It’s not easy ensuring kids have a healthy diet, but it is very important for their oral health. Bacteria in the mouth love sugars from foods and drinks – they use it to produce acids which damage teeth.
Sugary drinks, including fruit juices and sports drinks, should be avoided – fluoridated water is the best regular drink and it’s free.
Skip sticky treat bars and other high-sugar foods. Instead provide healthy and tasty alternatives for snacks, such as hummus dip with cut up carrots and celery, or cheese and whole meal crackers or fruit.
Don’t let your child graze all day – the longer food is in the mouth, the easier it is for acids to damage their teeth. Have a regular time set for meals and snacks. If the whole family is eating a healthier diet, children will learn good habits.
Help with budgeting for dental care
You may be eligible for the Child Benefit Dental Schedule if you receive certain payments from the Federal Government. This scheme can provide up to $1000 over two calendar years for some dental treatments.
If you have extras insurance, National Dental Care offers no-gap checkups for children, so you don’t pay any additional costs.
Book your child in for a checkup with your National Dental Care dentist online now.