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Shocking levels of tooth decay in kids force dentists to extremes
UK schools are being told to teach kids how to brush their teeth during lesson breaks.
Shocking levels of tooth decay in young children have prompted a UK health watchdog to recommend that pre-primary and primary school teachers teach kids how to brush their teeth during breaks from lessons, according to the Daily Mail.

The rotten truth

The move has come as senior dentists are having to extract all twenty milk teeth of children as young as three, and 25 000 children are reportedly admitted to hospital every year with dental problems.

A teacher’s union has slammed the measures, saying that it’s the responsibility of parents to teach their kids to brush their teeth and that it would detract from time in the classroom.

The guidelines state that children should have two sets of toothbrushes and toothpaste, one at home and one at school.

The reasons given for the rampant tooth decay are too much sugar and poor dietary habits as well as parents not teaching their kids to brush using fluoride toothpaste.

Local reasons to smile

In SA government has teamed up with Colgate-Palmolive in an initiative called “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” with the goal of reaching every single Grade 1-3 pupil every year.

In addition, Colgate also offers free dental screenings during September, Oral Health Month. This is done at shopping centres in conjunction with a massive awareness campaign via various media channels.

There’s alsoTwooth Timer, a local company that aims to provide awareness and assistance to parents of children in teaching kids the benefits of brushing their teeth.

According to the company, one in four children suffers from tooth decay, and brushing for two minutes every day can reduce the risk.

Have you taught your kids to brush their teeth?

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