Parents may be getting conflicting information when it comes to taking care of their kids' teeth. A recent VCH study found that almost 20% of children in Richmond have visible tooth decay.
Manager of Community and Family Health in Richmond, Christina Salgado, ran focus groups and interviewed several Richmond health care providers and found that parents are getting conflicting information about children's dental health. Salgado says, "It seems some parents aren't clear on several points including when, and how often their children should brush their teeth."
Salgado has 3 basic rules to follow when it comes to children's dental hygiene:
Children need fluoridated toothpaste because water in Metro Vancouver is not fluoridated
Parents should help pre-schoolers brush their teeth
Parents should avoid giving children sugary drinks
Salgado says she's hopeful that with the proper knowledge teeth decay rates in children can go down by next year.
For more info about children's dental health visit the BC government Richmond Early Years Centre's website: Richmond Kids. ca