A new study has revealed that children as young as three are suffering from painful tooth decay.
Out of 54,000 children involved in the research, 12% had poor tooth health such as rotting (decay), missing teeth or fillings.
That means, if there were ten children, one of them had tooth decay.
Update: NICE advisory group have suggested schools and nurseries provide supervised tooth-brushing. Do you think this is a good idea?
Some children had bad teeth because their parents had given them sugary drinks when they were young.
- Don’t give your child sugary drinks including fruit juice high in sugar and fizzy drink.
- Brush your child’s teeth every day, twice a day, as soon as their first tooth appears.
- Supervise when your child brushes their teeth until they are 7 0r 8 years old.
- Take your child to the dentist regularly. They should be under 18 months old when they have their first appointment.