On March 20th, World Oral Health Day, FDI World Dental Federation asked the public to “Say Ahh: Think Mouth. Think Health” and see the connection between oral health and general health. FDI released their survey conducted in 10 countries, asking parents how they cared for their children’s oral health.
The survey found that 13 percent of parents with children aged 18 and under took their child to the dentist before their first birthday. Most parents, 24 percent, first took their child to the dentist when they were between 1 and 3 years old or between 4 and 6 years old (22 percent), while 20 percent of parents remarkably reported never having taken their child to the dentist.
According to Dr. Kathryn Kell, FDI president, “Parents should visit the dentist after their child’s first tooth starts erupting as a preventive measure to avoid risk of developing early childhood caries. Oral diseases can impact every aspect of life and are associated with many general health conditions. This Knowing how to protect your mouth and body at all ages contributes to a better quality of life.”
DIETARY RISK FACTORS
FDI emphasizes that unhealthy diets (particularly high in sugar), tobacco use, and harmful use of alcohol, are common risk factors contributing to oral diseases and other diseases. Unsurprisingly, FDI recommends a low sugar diet, advocates consumption of vegetables and fruits, no tobacco use, and refraining from excess alcohol consumption.