Avoid Easter tooth decay this year

Health experts have released tips to help kids avoid tooth decay this Easter.

South Western Sydney Local Health District Director of Oral Health Services associate professor Ravi Srinivas said while enjoying some chocolate is part of Easter fun, it’s important to watch your children’s oral health.

“Over Easter, it’s important to strike a balance between enjoying sweet treats and long-term oral health for both adults and children,” he said.

“Dental diseases are largely preventable, but unfortunately many people don‟t realise they are suffering from symptoms of dental decay until it’s too late.

“The best way to stop sugar from attacking tooth enamel is to limit the frequency of sugary treats, brush twice daily for at least two minutes with fluoridated toothpaste and floss every day.

“Parents can also take advantage of the free oral health clinics being run by South Western Sydney Local Health District.”

Dental decay during childhood can lead to serious infections and further dental and health problems later in life. Here are some tips from Associate Professor Ravi Srinivas:

- Save sweet treats until closer to the time you brush your teeth.

- Floss children‟s teeth daily as soon as the back teeth come through.

- Give your child a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles.

- Brush their children’s teeth for them, but practice with them from preschool age. 

Free oral health services for children are available in clinics at Fairfield and Liverpool.

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