Dental care and proper oral maintenance techniques are important for everyone, but more so for children. They are at an age where their mouths are in constant development (baby teeth falling out allowing for permanent teeth to come in) so ensuring they maintain their teeth at home regularly paired with visiting their Ottawa dentist regularly is important.
When proper dental care is neglected, serious problems can arise. “Analysis shows a steady climb in the numbers of children aged 10 and under needing one or more teeth taken out. More boys than girls needed teeth out as inpatients in 2014/15. There were over 14,000 cases among children aged five and under needing teeth removed. Overall, there have been 128,558 episodes of care for children aged 10 and under needing one or more teeth out since 2011. Not only is tooth decay distressing to children and parents, it has serious social and financial implications. The need for tooth extraction continues to be the number one reason why five to nine-year-old children are admitted to hospital. This issue urgently needs to be addressed, especially since 90 per cent of tooth decay is preventable. The problem is partly one of improving oral health education.”
The aim of these blogs is to help inform and educate about the importance of maintained oral care. If you have questions or concerns make sure to contact your Ottawa dentist.