”Sweet” cultural background affects children cariesrisiko

10. april 2010  
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If the mother and father have a short education or non-western background, the risk of caries in children is significantly larger than that of the average. It shows a new Norwegian study, published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.

In the survey received 523 children made tandundersøgelse, while the parents responding to questions about the socio-economic conditions and on own tandplejevaner. In the group of parents with non-western background and education had the children, respectively, nine and twelve times more at risk for incipient caries in the enamel and tandbenet. This is due to excessive sugar intake, and lacked regular brushing.

Non-western background and education
“In the group of parents with non-western background and education had the children, respectively, nine and 12 times as likely to have incipient caries in enamel and in dentin. However, the confidence intervals for these probabilities was quite large, ie. uncertain and one should also notice that it is about 24 children out of a total of 523”, says Dorthe Holst, professor of samfundsodontologi at Oslo University, and adds:

"There is much to indicate that there is a "sweet", and not too systematic tandbørstekultur behind the numbers. Småbørnskulturen in part non-western families is different than it, which gradually came to characterize most of the nordic. We also find high cariesaktivitet among Norwegian children, but it is rather a windows - than a kulturudfordring. Fortunately, studies of the same issue, among 14-16-year-old children and young people in Oslo, have shown that the differences are blurred. A good and respectful communication with current families at risk should be able to give good results”.


Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 4 2010 or on the www.tandlaegebladet.dk

Better oral hygiene can save respiratorpatienters life

10. april 2010  
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One of the most frequent complications in patients in hospital intensive care units are pneumonia. Lungeinfektion in connection with respiratory therapy affects not only older people, but weakened patients of all ages. In a large american study, recently published in the American Journal of Critical Care, researchers examined the effect of performing extended oral hygiene with a bl.a. suction, cleaning and brushing two times a day on respiratory therapy.

In many cases, it is in fact bacteria from the oral cavity which are the cause of the complications and thorough oral hygiene can according to the study, reduce the risk of lungebetændelsen and the resulting costs, writes Tandlægebladet.


Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 4 2010 or on the 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.