Should we brush the little mouse promised teeth? Contrary to many parents’ expectations, before the age of 6, you need to think about dental health. “However, I often hear in my office that baby teeth aren’t important …”
Since 2007, Health Insurance has been offering prevention appointments called “M’T Dents” for young people aged 6 to 18 every three years. But since 2019, letters have been sent to parents of 3-year-olds to consult with the dentist of their choice within a year.
What is this first meeting for?
“There is an immediate effect: we will significantly reduce the costs to follow. You can imagine that there is a benefit behind such an investment from Health Insurance, such as avoiding heavier and more expensive care,” emphasized Christoph Lecuart, a dental surgeon and Frenchman. Union spokesman. For Oral Health (UFSB). This appointment, provided through third-party payments, allows practitioners to advise parents, teach very young people to brush their teeth … and to check for stains on teeth. Dental, gum problems or other if it is, health insurance covers a second consultation, provided that it is done within six months without orthodontic care or prosthesis.
“We will check that there is no pathology, underlining Anne-Lore Violet. We know that brittle bone disease is the same for teeth. They can be damaged, broken … but we are also going to talk about food hygiene. And remember that you should avoid sugary drinks, snacks … and even crispy ones with sugar! A
However, this operation has not yet been made public. Indeed, “the application rate for children under 3 years of age has reached only 29.9% in 2021, even if by 2020 it is even lower at 21.48%”, health insurance specifies.
Why from the age of 3?
So the desire to educate parents and children more. Why from the age of 3? “The sooner dentists see children, the sooner they become accustomed to an environment that sometimes frightens them: chairs, lights, masked doctors, lists of dentists. Better a poor horse than no horse at all. Because they risk associating the dentist with tears, blood … “So it is not too early to get a good reflection …” We are campaigning to make it 2 years. Because the problem is with this “bottle caris”, 3 years is already too late. A
An expression that says a lot about baby teeth, which is often overlooked. How does a cavity form? Bacteria present in the mouth use sugars to synthesize acid, which will create micro-holes in the teeth. And when babies get a bottle of milk at night or grenadine during the day, they are in constant contact with the sugar, which will elevate the cavity. “Saliva is able to neutralize the acids present in the mouth and bring minerals to strengthen the tooth enamel, but it is done slowly, underlining Christoph Lecourt. If you increase your intake of food, you will not give time to clear the saliva. That’s why you have to learn to brush your teeth as soon as they grow, even at the age of six months.
“Cavities form in a child’s teeth like permanent teeth … and they are just as painful,” he warns. And to continue: “We see kids coming to our office late whose front teeth have all decayed. When they are very damaged, we need to get them out, and they will not have teeth until the permanent 6-year-old arrives. Which has an effect on speech, food, self-image. “Fortunately, this is rare,” Ann-Lor assured Violet. In the worst case, if the cavity is not treated, it can become an abscess and affect the development of permanent teeth, the germs of which remain under the baby’s teeth. Christoph Lecuart added, “Studies have shown that the more teeth a child has, the 4 times more likely he is to have permanent tooth cavity.”
How to teach your child to brush their teeth properly?
But brushing the teeth of a 2-year-old child is not easy … “Before the age of 6, he was not able to do it on his own,” Ann-Lor Violet warns. Only when they fasten their shoelaces do they have the necessary skills. Ideally, you should brush your teeth in the morning and evening, two minutes, and do not forget any space. To make this mission even more fun, these dentists recommend setting a timer – an hour glass, for example – choosing an electric toothbrush or downloading an application that encourages good reflections. “We can ask them to do a course, ten seconds on each tooth, up, left, down, right,” suggested Christophe Lecuart. From 2 to 6 years of age, we will keep a pea equivalent of toothpaste, completes Christoph Lecuart. Fluoride is essential. However, with the fashion of homemade toothpaste bought in organic stores, so without fluoride, cavities have emerged. A
However, if the child swallows a little toothpaste, it doesn’t matter … “The whole thing is not too much pressure and a suitable toothbrush, with soft bristles, is added by his colleague. If there is only one to brush, it is the evening. The norm is to wait thirty minutes after dinner. Because you need to make time for natural facial wash. Otherwise, we’re just going to spread chocolate … “