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

1. september 2009  
Filed in News

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.