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Parents urged to educate kids on oral health

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Children must be educated on oral healthcare by their parents, according to Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation.

The specialist noted this is because habits are formed in their early years and are likely to be carried over into their adult lives.

“Brushing for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste will greatly help dental health,” he said, adding a toothpaste with a fluoride level of 1000ppm is recommended for kids under the age of three, while those older should use one at 1350-1500ppm.

It was noted this can reduce the chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay, which in turn cuts the likelihood of losing teeth.

Dr Carter added parents may be putting the oral health of their children at risk by not introducing them to the dentist at a young age.

He recently pointed out looking after teeth and gums can reduce the chances of becoming ill, especially in the colder winter months.

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