Queensland Kids Undergo Tooth Surgery At 2 Years Old
This year’s Dental Health Week highlighted the many ways to take care of the teeth of babies, toddlers, and young kids, emphasising the importance of prevention and laying the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health habits such as regular cleaning.
However, despite there being plenty of information available about the many ways to prevent tooth decay, the disease still affects hundreds of thousands of children in our country.
In Queensland, outgoing chief dental officer Dr Rhyss Thomas expressed concerns over the high number of children in the state experiencing tooth decay, with some as young as 2 years old undergoing surgery to treat the disease: http://bit.ly/1rkd1Bz
This news is very distressing, especially since tooth decay is NOT inevitable and IS entirely preventable. The prevalence of sugar in our foods and beverages, even in foods that we think are ‘healthy’, is a big part of the problem. It’s so important that parents remain vigilant, and that they teach their children to consume sugars in moderation.
If you’ve missed the recent Dental Health Week information materials we’ve shared, feel free to browse our site or visit the Australian Dental Association’s Dental Health Week website to learn more about the many ways you can help your children to enjoy good oral health.