The battle against cavities, the most common chronic childhood condition, starts from childhood and persists until the third age. One of the weapons to fight it, the paste with fluoride, should be used from the moment the first tooth springs. That is the new recommendation of the American Dental Association (ADA). Get the details!
As a parent, you already know that the good habits that guarantee the good health of your children, in the short or long term, should be established from childhood . And the health of the mouth is no exception. Consider how important it is to do so taking into account the statistics that come to us from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC for its acronym in English):
- Dental caries is the most common chronic childhood condition in the United States. It affects some 16 million children who lose about 51 million school hours for that reason.
- The parents, in turn, lose about 25 million working hours a year taking the children to the dentist.
But this condition is not limited to one country, it is a global problem! According to the Journal of Dental Research , caries that are not treated affect 35 percent of the world’s population.
Fortunately, although common, decay can be prevented with good oral hygiene and good eating habits. In this regard, the American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended for 50 years the use of toothpaste or toothpaste containing fluoride, at any age, as one of the most effective ways to prevent and control caries.
So far, the recommendations for parents were that children under 2 years old would clean and / or brush their teeth with water only. And from 2 to 6 years old, children should brush their teeth using a pea-sized amount of fluoride paste (or bean).
However, during the month of February, the ADA has established new recommendations regarding the use of fluoride pulp. The idea is … how much better! Exactly, at the exit of the first milk tooth. In detail:
- As soon as the first tooth erupts and up to 3 years of age, parents should help and teach their children to brush their teeth or brush them with a minimum amount of toothpaste or toothpaste that contains fluoride, the equivalent of a grain size. rice. (When they are babies, you should rub your teeth with a soft cloth.) As they grow, you can train them in the use of a soft bristle brush.
- From 3 years and up to 6, the amount increases to the equivalent of a pea (pea or bean).
- These quantities, while combating the possible decay, avoid the possible discolorations of the enamel because of fluoride (which is known as dental fluorosis).
Daily brushing and the use of a fluoride toothpaste are a good step, but there is still more to do. For example, it prevents the baby from falling asleep with the bottle in his mouth (this way you protect him from the ” bottle caries “). In addition, it limits your consumption of sweets, sugary drinks that help the appearance of caries by affecting the enamel. At the same time, the ADA recommends that children visit the dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday.
The new recommendations were published in the February edition of the The Journal of the American Dental Association . You and your children can beat the battle to decay if you put them into practice as of today and make them a habit to get used to and perform every day.