Curaprox now has a Kids’ Brush from Teether to 12-years old
Tom Alcraft, Curaden UK Commercial Director for UK & Ireland, explains why it’s never too early to start an oral hygiene regime.
Milk teeth should be brushed as soon as they erupt. A child’s toothbrush should be soft, so there is no injury to the surrounding gingiva, which, as we all know, can feel tender when teeth are coming through.
In fact, that’s another dental myth that needs comprehensively busting as soon as possible, that gums aren’t as important as teeth!
To help babies get used to the feel of a brush, the Curaprox Teether has a built-in toothbrush. Then, when the first tooth pushes through, they can graduate to the super-soft Curaprox Baby Brush. Also, coming soon is Curaprox Kids, a new toothbrush and toothpaste range.
The CS Kids brush is suitable for ages 4-12, with densely packed, extra-fine CUREN™ bristles, a compact brush head and a round handle to prevent excessive pressure and comfortable for both child and adult hands to hold. The CS Kids is sold in handy twin packs – one brush for the parent or carer, and one for the child to get used to holding while their fine motor skills are still developing.
Use it to apply one of the four new Curaprox Kids’ toothpastes, with varying concentrations of fluoride. The toothpastes also contain enzymes to support saliva’s protective role and xylitol, but no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), which can be irritating.
The team at Curaprox know that improving children’s oral health from an early age means giving them a better future. When they grow up free from decay, they will avoid invasive treatments, including extractions. Understanding the value of practising good oral hygiene every day and regular attendance to appointments will increase their chances of maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime.
Pre-pandemic statistics for children’s oral health were concerning. Around a quarter of five-year-olds had experienced caries, with poorer areas reporting a far greater incidence of childhood decay, which was mirrored by their adult populations.
The pandemic then exposed huge societal inequality in the UK, accelerating trends that had emerged long before 2020. In 2019 access to NHS dentistry in some parts of the UK was described as being at a “crisis point”, but now there is an unprecedented backlog and the ongoing impact of delayed, missed and cancelled appointments.
To help improve children’s oral health, actively engaging with parents, carers, nurseries and schools, is crucial. The need to take the message of prevention out into the community has never been more important. Curaden believes that better oral health outcomes for children can be supported by making small, simple changes leading to lasting benefits. Parents and carers must be shown what to do at home, how to do it and why.
Milk teeth, for example. Twenty milk (or deciduous) teeth will erupt from around six months old – only to loosen and fall out at various stages in the years that follow. Milk teeth are important, they enable the child to chew their food, and ensure that their jaw will develop properly. They also act as “placeholders” for the secondary dentition.
They are actually more susceptible to cavities than secondary teeth because their structure is less mineralised. Decay will progress more quickly which could enable infection to take hold. An abscessed tooth is miserable at any age, but for children it can mean missing school and social withdrawal. Dental pain will disrupt sleep, and may inhibit chewing and speaking.
Diet has become something of a mantra for oral health. Eliminating high-sugar fizzy drinks and sweets, and generally choosing fresh and home-made is always best but, realistically, we know that most children will enjoy treats now and again. So, we return to oral hygiene and effective toothbrushing using the right tools; established early, to get the child used to a twice-daily routine of getting their whole mouth clean.
The right tools and products will keep children – and parents and carers – motivated, as well as offering oral protection to young mouths.