Lack Of Guidance May Delay A Child’s First Dentist Trip
Less than half of parents receive guidance from doctors or dentists to start dental exams, and worse among low-income parents.
A new national opinion poll found that without the guidance of a doctor or dentist, some parents did not follow the country’s recommendations for early dental care for their children.
According to the National Children's Health Survey of CS Mott Children's Hospital this month, one in six parents did not receive advice from a health care provider that children should be deferred until the age of 4 or more - a few years later than recommended by the experts. .
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association recommend starting a dental visit when the baby's teeth appear.
"Enrolling in dentistry since childhood is an important part of children's health care," said Mutter Poll, co-head of Sarah Clarke.
"These visits are very important for the detection and treatment of early dental caries in children, and they are also valuable opportunities for parents to educate them on key aspects of oral health."
"Our opinion polls found that when parents received explicit guidance from their child's doctor or dentist, they understood that the first dental examination should be conducted at a very young age. Without these instructions, some parents would turn to their families or friends for advice. As the proposals change, they may hear outdated information and do not have their children go to the dentist in time.”
The national representative poll is based on the answers of 790 parents and at least one 0-5 year old child
More than half of parents did not receive guidance from their child's doctor or dentist about when to start a dental visit. Of the parents who did not receive a doctor or dentist's advice, only 35% believed that the dentist's visit should begin when the child is younger than 1 year old.
More than half of the parents (60%) said that their children had a dental visit with most parents (79%) and that the visit by the dentist was worthwhile.
In 40% of the children who did not receive a dental examination, the common cause was the child's underage age (42%), the child's dental health (25%), and the child's fear of the dentist (15%).
Experts said that starting dental examinations as early as possible can help children establish a healthy oral hygiene, let parents understand the correct brushing techniques, limit the importance of sugary drinks and avoid the need for children to go to bed.
Early childhood caries (dental decay in infant teeth) may also be detected by dental equipment at a young age, allowing treatment to decline to avoid more serious problems. In young children with healthy teeth, dentists can use fluoride varnish to prevent future decay.
A quarter of parents postponed visiting teeth to say their children's dental health, but Clarke pointed out that parents could not find early dental caries.
She said: "Before the discoloration, parents may not notice the recession, then the problem may become very important."
"The immediate dental treatment at the first sign of a recession can prevent more serious dental problems, which is why regular dental visits throughout childhood are very important."
Clarke pointed out that another factor that may delay dental care is that early childhood health care advice tends to focus on good child visits with health facilities.
"Parents heard clear guidelines, when they should start a good child visit to ensure the health of their children, and usually arrange a first visit before they bring the baby back to the hospital." She said that doctors usually encourage parents Comply with standard immunization and other preventive care plans.
"However, parents have less guidance on when to start taking children to the dentist, and less than half say they have received professional advice. This lack of guidance may mean that many parents postpone starting dental visits beyond the recommended ones. age."
Parents with higher income and education levels and parents with private dental insurance are more likely to report the doctor or dentist providing guidance on when to start a dental examination.
"Our opinion polls show that low-income, low-educated and Medicaid families are less likely to receive professional guidance on dental care. This is particularly problematic because low-income children have a higher rate of dental caries and can Benefit from early dental care, "Clark said.
"Medical institutions that care for high-risk groups should take time to focus on the importance of dental care. Parents should also ask their child's doctor or their own dentist about when to start a dental instruments examination and how to keep your child's dental health."