Dorset Parents Leaving Dental Care Too Late
8:31am 24th June 2013
Parents in Dorset aren't taking their children to the dentist early enough - according to a survey by Denplan.
They carried out the research after concerns about the levels of child tooth decay in under 5's.
The research for Dorset suggests 92% of parents with a child under 18 wait till the youngster's first birthday before taking them to the dentist, but 14% waited till their youngster's 4th birthday.
58% of parents say there is a lack of information or inconsistent advice about when you should first take them.
Denplan say most dentists will be happy to see a child once they have their first tooth.
The survey's also revealed 62% didn't start brushing their children's teeth till they turned one, and 10% waiting till they were two.
The effect of fruit juices on children's teeth came as a suprise to Denplan. They say some fruit drinks and smoothies contain more sugar than fizzy drinks...6% didn't believe they could be harmful and 10% weren't sure.