Supervised Tooth Brushing and Sealants Save Kids Teeth

Saturday, September 12th, 2015, 9:33 pm

Kids get cavities – but they don’t have to! A study conducted in Great Britain is the first to look at the economics of preveting cavities in children. In the UK about 26,000 children are admitted to the hospital for dental treatment each year and this is expensive. Small children typically can’t sit through a large number of dental procedures and must be sedated in order to have their care completed. This happens in the US as well but our health system can’t quantify the exact number of hospitalizations for dental care.

Professor Elizabeth Kay from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, has carried out the first economic evaluation of public health measures to reduce tooth decay in children at high risk.  Tooth decay can be prevented by proper tooth brushing and the use of dental sealants on young children. Dr. Kay said “I think it is a national outrage that so many children in the UK are admitted to hospital for surgical procedures for conditions which are by and large preventable. If there was a health issue that resulted in this number of children having another body part removed under general or local anaesthetic there would be a justifiable national outcry, yet for many reasons tooth extraction appears to have become accepted in some circles. This study demonstrates that it is also economically viable and sensible to prevent tooth decay.”

Small children need supervision, and sometimes help, to ensure proper dental hygiene. Today there are Apps for making sure that kids brush for the recommended 2 minutes — this can make brushing more fun. Remember that after the children brush they should spit but not rinse — this keeps the fluoride from the toothpaste on the teeth, not rinsed away.

Dental sealants are applied to the biting surfaces of teeth to help prevent cavity formation. These are highly effective, safe and affordable.

Find out more about protecting your child’s smile from decay by visiting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.

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