The address determines if your child gets cavities in the teeth

11. may 2010  
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Most parents think that their residence may have an impact on whether their children will get tooth decay or not. A new Danish study shows that there is a strong correlation between the children's and young people's place of residence and the risk of caries (holes in teeth), writes Tandlægebladet.

Fluorkoncentrationen in the tap water that comes out of the taps in the home, can have a crucial impact on their children's cariesrisiko. Children who live in Siberia, are twice as likely to get tooth decay as children living in the southeastern part of Zealand and on Lolland-Falster, Møn and Bornholm, where fluorkoncentrationen is the highest.

There is a big difference in fluorkoncentrationen in the drinking water, depending on where you are in the country. If one lives as a child or young person in an area where there is a high concentration of fluoride in the drinking water, it may mean that the risk of getting cavities in the teeth can be half as great as in an area where fluorindholdet is low – for example in west Jutland, where the risk of getting holes in your teeth is up to twice as large as the areas where fluorkoncentrationen is a maximum. The more fluoride in the water, the fewer holes.
The survey is conducted among 48.351 children 5-years of age and 43.848 15-year-olds in the entire country.

Here you can see what fluorindholdet in the drinking water is in your area. Click on the image to see the bigger picture.


Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 6 2010 or on the www.tandlaegebladet.dk

Tooth decay is transmitted from adults to children

14. October 2009  
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It is probably very few new mothers, who know bakteriesammensætningen in their own saliva and probably even fewer that know this have an impact on their child's dental health the rest of his life. Kisses and hugs are fine, but contact and exchange of saliva can transfer the ”cariesbakterier” from mother to child. Parents should be better informed, reads the assessment from the Professor of Dentistry in Copenhagen Svante Twetman.

Mothers pass bacteria to their children
People who have much caries, and often have a special bakteriesammensætning. And these ”cariesbakterier” can infection. Studies show that the bacteria in infants in more than 70 percent of the cases comes from the mother, however the infection can also take place from other relatives or, for instance, in vuggestuemiljøet.

Mom with many ”cariesbakterier” are at high risk to transfer these to their children by, for example, to share the fate of their children or the taste of the baby feeding bottle. The earlier a child is exposed to the cariesbakterier, the greater the risk is that the bacteria establish a permanent and on a large scale. Thus, there is increased risk that the child develops caries in pre-school, writing Tandlægebladet.

According to professor Svante Twetman is it first and foremost to avoid direct spytkontakt. You should as parents avoid to take the child's pacifier or other things that need to check in the child's mouth, into his own mouth. One should not, for example, test barnemadens temperature in his own mouth. And one should not wash the pacifier or ”do it clean” by taking it in the mouth.

Another precaution, which the mother can take is to try to reduce its own level of cariesbakterier. With a background in several independent studies highlights Svante Twetman, ”mother can treat themselves antibacterial by rinsing the mouth with klorhexidinopløsning, or she may choose to chew xylitoltyggegummi in the period up to the child's first tandfrembrud.”

He stresses that there is some evidence that the tandsundheden in children can be improved if the tandplejepersonalet provides prospective and new parents information and advice on how to avoid the transfer of cariesbakterier to her child.


Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 12 2009 or on www.tandlaegebladet.dk.

Parents do not take responsibility for the children's dental health

1. september 2009  
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Two out of five parents defying Tandlægeforeningens recommendations, and does not help their children to brush their teeth, shows a new study carried out by Codan forsikring. In the following the study has almost every fourth child under 11 years of age in day one or more holes in the teeth. While 44 percent of all children eat candy, two to three times a week.

Parents do not help with the brushing
“Our customers are generally very good at reporting their children's dental injuries and are actually worried about something happening with their children's teeth, which is very positive. Therefore, it can be wonder that many parents have lost interest in brushing their children at a time, where children have the greatest need for it,” says Codans press officer, Jens Nüchel, and refers to, that children get permanent teeth from 6 years of age.

A child's baby teeth will be replaced when the child is between six and twelve years. And the child's fine motor skills are not developed enough, so that it can deal with brushing until the child is about 10 years. Therefore, the recommendation is for all parents that they must help the child with brushing until the child is at least 10 years. In the 12-14 years of age comes the child's tolvårstænder, which sits behind the seksårstænderne. And until the child can hold the teeth properly clean, the parents should assist with brushing at least once a day.

In Tandlægeforeningen you are aware of the problem and one that the parents in the so-called “zero-gaps-generation, has put the responsibility for their children's dental health, when the whole 40 percent of the parents does not help children to keep the teeth clean.

“The so-called ‘zero-gaps-the generation that has grown up with a flour-rinses in the school, has been adult. In the generation, there is a tendency to put the responsibility for their children's teeth on to the dentist; the dentist, who makes sure that the kids don't get holes. A portion parents in this generation do not look brushing as something they must perform for their children, because so few of them even have experienced to have gaps in the teeth. Dental care is still often placed in schools or going to schools, but the intervals between the children's visits to the dentist in recent years has increased. It is therefore all the more important that the parents assume their responsibility to help the children with brushing until children are 10 or 12 years,” says odontologisk consultant in Tandlægeforeningen Birthe Cortsen.

The parents do not know what it is that threatens their children's teeth
“Over 60 percent of the parents cares about the kids falls and strikes the teeth, while the real risk of tandskade lies in the fact that the parents actually fill their children with candy. There is an exaggerated fear of children fall and hurt himself,” says press officer Jens Nüchel, Codan.

The kids eat sugary cases several times a week
Codan Insurance is started with a general survey on child health, which among other things has a focus on the problems with rising obesity and poor dental health. One of the reasons seems to be that the children will be fed with candy from they are quite tender.

In the following study get three percent of all children between 0 and 2 years of candy daily. While 32 percent of this age group being fed with sweets, cakes or other sugary cases, two to three times a week.

1 out of 10 children between 10 and 12 years eat sweets daily. And for the 13 to 15 year old children, the figure is 11 percent, while 12 percent of the 16 to 17 year-olds eating sweets every day. Overall, eat 44 percent of all children sweets two to three times a week.

The survey is conducted in the period 16. – 18. June 2009. And the 1018 respondents participated in the study.

School introduces common tooth brushing to the morning assembly

10. June 2009  
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Despite the fact that the students at Frøslev-Padborg Skole is good for brushing the teeth, several of the students comprehensive acid injuries to the teeth. The Municipal Dental care has now put the focus on the problem with the project “Stop acid injuries and holes in the teeth”, and have therefore introduced the common tooth brushing in the entire month of June.

Dentures before the age of 18 years
On Førslev-Padborg School they have more students who already have severe acid injuries to the teeth. Continuing students with the high consumption of sweet drinks, especially cola, many of the students could wave goodbye to their teeth and could say hello to dentures, already before the age of 18 years. There are found acid injuries to the teeth in every sixth child under the age of 18 years and the problem is increasing.

Both dentists and dental hygienists can tell you that at Frøslev-Padborg Skole suffering many children of acid injuries. And a possible reason for the problems at this school may be due to the close location to the many tempting offers from grænsebutikkerne, selling cheap sweets, juices and soft drinks are available in mega sizes.

Project “Stop acid injuries and holes in the teeth”
In order to focus on acid injuries the municipal dental care shot the project “Stop acid injuries” in time at Frøslev-Padborg Skole. The project was launched on 2. June with big tandbørstningsdag, where all pupils were given a vanddunk, toothbrush and toothpaste. Secondly, there were common tooth brushing in the great hall.

Fælles tandbørstning til morgensamlingen

Common tooth brushing to the morning assembly

The project will continue throughout the month of June, where the municipal dental care will try to put the focus on the acid injuries and get the tooth brushing at the program each morning. To morgensamlingerne the students will continually get more information on how they can avoid acid injuries.

Every Monday and Thursday there is a common brushing while the students are allowed to look at a power-point presentation with images of acid injuries, diet and tandbørsteinstruktion. Brochures and other promotional material handed out also to the students. Like the municipal dental care will be present every Monday and Thursday. Who will the other days of the week be the common tooth brushing in the classroom.

At the school's library will throughout the period be an exhibition on diet and drinks. In total there will be two exhibitions, one on sugar and one on the PH-the acid in the drinks. The project team has also made the banner, posters and brochures to the students. And a message is also sent to each home on the project.

Frøslev-Padborg Skole will in the period be completely free of juices, soft drinks, and other acidic drinks. And the school canteen, “the Stall”, will in the period to only sell water and milk, and other non-acidic drink. The parents have also got a call for active participation, like all parents are welcome to the events.

The project ends on Wednesday, 24. June, with common brushing and evaluation of the project. A part of the project “Stop acid injuries and holes in the teeth” will dentistry also use at other schools than Frøslev-Padborg School, to the extent that it can be done.