As parents care for their teeth their children will look after theirs. The condition of the child’s teeth goes hand in hand with the condition of the teeth of the parents. Not due to the inheritance of dental caries and periodontitis, but due to the “inheritance” of access to dental care (tooth brushing, nutrition and drinking regime).
Many parents think that dental decay is inherited as a disease, but it is practically impossible.
The cause of tooth decay is mainly dental plaque, which should be regularly removed, an important role in the development of tooth decay plays the frequency of sugar. “Hereditary” are habits of oral hygiene, drinking and eating habits. The child’s dental health is directly related to this. As parents care for their teeth, their children will be very likely to care for theirs. The basis for success in caring for the teeth of the child is correct information and sufficient motivation of parents to consistently care for their own teeth. This includes effective cleaning techniques, proper diet and drinking regimen, regular visits to dental hygienists .
Oral hygiene habits in the family
The results of the survey initiated by the AquaLife Institute have shown and experience from dental practice confirms that parenting habits for dental care, including dental visits, are related to children’s habits. This means that children from their parents take over how often parents cleanse their teeth and whether they regularly go to the dentist.
Most often, both children and parents clean their teeth twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Parents in this regard influence their children, who tend to take over their parents’ habits. The most frequent parenting teeth are infected children between 6 and 11 years of age (younger schoolchildren).
Both children and parents go to control the dentist most often twice a year. The frequency of visits to children is affected by how often they are used to going to a parent’s dentist. Children, especially pre-school and younger schoolchildren, usually attend dentists as often as parents.
Most children and parents go to the dentist regularly, not just in case of a problem or pain. The relationship with dental visits to children (especially younger schoolchildren) is affected by their relationship to the dentist’s parents. Children whose parents go to the dentist only when they have a problem will also get to the dentist only when the problem occurs.
What’s important for preschool children:
child from dentist get used to the care of teeth,
Know how, where and how to clean the teeth (as fast as possible to achieve the goal, non-traumatic cleaning) – with a dental practitioner or dental hygienist,
the teeth of the child consistently refinement since their pruning – overcome the very likely resistance of the child,
also use interdental brushes (once the teeth are in contact).
What is important for younger schoolchildren:
if the child can not get used to the correct cleaning of the teeth earlier, it is high time – to cut the baby’s permanent teeth, which can become infected by spoiled temporary teeth,
the teeth of the child further refine (approximately 10-12 years)
the child should regularly visit a dentist and a dental hygienist,
ideally, the child should be involved in a long-term preventive program at school.
What is important for older school children:
the child should regularly visit a dentist and a dental hygienist.
Family and children’s caries school
The health of the teeth and the oral cavity has a major influence on regular and thorough tooth cleaning, as well as on diet and drinking – the teeth are very damaging to sweets including sweet drinks, especially those consumed before bedtime and during the night. At night, children (and not just children) should definitely drink pure water only, which should be the basis of their day-to-day drinking regime. A suitable source of fluids for the children’s drinking regime is natural spring or slightly to moderately mineralized water which is of high quality and does not contain chemical additives and unsweetened tea.
The likelihood of tooth decay, of course, increases the consumption of sweet foods and sipping sweet drinks even during the day. For tooth decay there is not as much sugar as the frequency of its intake, so it is better to eat or drink something sweet at a time than to keep running all day. This applies to a table of chocolate, a bag of rubber teddy bears and sweet drinks (sweetened milk, sweetened teas, juices). Wheat drinks and other lemonades, which are sweet and sour at the same time, also cause tooth erosion (dental enamel dissolution) in addition to the risk of tooth decay.
Another important part of dental caries prevention are preventative programs to give children clear and careful instructions on how to maintain healthy teeth.
Preventive Child Child Smile Program interferes among other things that:
it is normal to brush your teeth well and regularly,
it’s stupid to not care about teeth because spoiled teeth: it hurts, bad looks, smells, their good repair is expensive,
it’s just about learning to brush your teeth properly, brushing without teeth and keeping the proper drinking regime.
The Children’s Smile project takes place in kindergartens, primary schools and children’s homes. The schools involved in the project are, unfortunately, not enough to address the problem of funding. At the same time, the annual cost per child is only 300 CZK (including 6 lessons led by a trained lecturer, workbook, high-quality toothbrush with cap and other aids). For parents, this is an investment whose return is obvious and incalculable if it should cover all costs incurred due to poor dental hygiene, including psychosocial ones. Already the second school year supports the AquaLife Institute Children’s Smile project, which monitors the current state and needs of the Czech society in the field of nutrition and health with emphasis on drinking regime.
Basic dentist dentist:
Also visit a child regularly not only to a dentist but also to a dental hygienist.
Let the little children clean their teeth. Once the contacts are formed, use interdental brushes as well.
Drink unsweetened drinks – spring and mineral water, tea.
Reduce the frequency of sweets.
Engage the child into a quality preventive program.
As parents care for their teeth their children will look after theirs