A shocking figure from the front page of today's Herald Sun newspaper.
Tooth decay is a preventable disease yet the number of children with this disease is increasing.
So what causes tooth decay?
When children eat or drink sugar, bacteria in the mouth turn this sugar into acid. This acid dissolves the teeth. Over time, this causes holes in the teeth.
How do you prevent tooth decay?
Drink well. Children should drink water. Not fruit juice, soft drink, sports drinks or cordial. Unsweetened milk is good for teeth too.
Eat well. Limit sugary foods. Snacking on foods that contain sugar allows the bacteria in the mouth to make acid more often. Choose snacks like vegetables, fresh fruit and unsweetened dairy.
Clean well. Children need their teeth cleaned by an adult twice a day. This helps remove the bacteria that make the acid. It is recommended that children between 18mths and 6 yrs use a low fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps repair early damage, and make the tooth surface stronger.
Children should see a dentist by the time they are 2. If you have any concerns about your child's teeth, please take them to your local dental clinic.