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Parents, Please Teach your Kids To Brush their Teeth. I am a kids’ dentist and I am in despair

I often hate my job. It’s no secret that kids do not like dentists much as it is. Heck, I am an adult, and a dentist, and Ihate dentists. But it’s not about me.

It’s about Julia, a 7-year old girl who came to me with five sick upper teeth. By sick, I don’t mean slightly wrinkled but full motion deep tooth decay, so rotten away that even when I touched its surface, a child started screaming. Two of these teeth were so badly damaged that there was no point in even trying to save them.

Her mom works as a designer in the IT company, a smart and caring woman, a highly academically inclined person. Julia’s dad is a copywriter in a digital marketing firm, and they’ve both been great during our conversation. It couldn’t be that they didn’t care about their kid or wanted to be bad parents. Right?

When I rushed to the parents to tell them about the horrific situation of their daughter’s dental health, they were deeply surprised. As it turned out, they always had a problem with teaching Julia how to brush her teeth. Busy on their jobs, they didn’t have as much time in the morning, nevermind evenings, to go through tooth brushing step by step. Although considering it a problem, they didn’t bother much with the dental care, thinking that until her teeth are permanent, it’s not worth much worry.

When I told them that three of her five damaged teeth are permanent, they were shocked. It turned out, they just missed the time when teeth were changing. Yep, they just missed. And Julia now will just always have prosthetics and experience trouble biting apples and nuts (but whatever, it’s only for life). Nevermind the thousands of dollars spent on the dental care (and much more to be spent yet).

I don’t blame Julia or her parents. When I talk to adults, I see that most of them don’t know how to brush teeth. Can they teach their children to do it? I am a dental doctor, and I’ve received years and years of training, and a great amount of time was dedicated to discussing the right toothbrush position on a particular tooth. Of course, I know it as a back of my hand - but most people don’t.

 

Dr. Esther Silva is a specialist in pediatric dental care and co-founder of the Deeno-saur Smart electric toothbrush for kids. Her purpose is to educate the importance of developing good oral habits and routines from an early age; encouraging our children to look after their teeth and shape their behavior throughout their lives, actively improving long-term dental hygiene. Through extensive community work in some of the poorest areas in Brazil, she has uncovered quite a frightening state of dental hygiene with the younger kids, with the situation getting exponentially worse as the children get older, due to a severe lack of information and understanding of correct brushing habits.

Your Kids May Lose All Their Teeth Before You Do. Here’s Why and How to Prevent it

Your Kids May Lose All Their Teeth Before You Do. Here’s Why and How to Prevent it

UK is in the midst of a brewing dental health crisis of colossal proportions. Here are some shocking details:


According to the data available for the year 2015-16, tooth decay was the most common reason for children aged 5 to 9 years-old to get admitted into a hospital. Hospital admission for tooth removal is only required when general anaesthetic is required, which a dentist cannot administer. Simply put, these are cases of extreme nature.

In the under 4 years-old age group, tooth decay was the sixth most common reason for hospital admission. Evidently, the children in the UK are facing a crisis situation, which, going by all indications, is only going to get worse.

NHS data shows that an outrageous 170 youngsters had their teeth extracted every day, over the past year alone. The culprit? Sugar. And, guess what? Children in the UK consume more sugary soft drinks, chocolates, candies, and other sugar-loaded products than anywhere in the entire Europe. Needless to say, tooth decay is the least bit of their problems.

Making matters worse, dental health is one of the least priorities for parents too. They are more concerned about their children’s safety, while dental health is promptly shoved to the bottom of the list of priorities.

The fact that children hate brushing and treat it as an easily avoidable chore, has only exacerbated the situation to a point where only about 10% of the present generation of adults have oral health that can be regarded as excellent. That number is expected to go down when the present generation of kids and youngsters become adults.

All of these warrant urgent measures for combating the worsening dental health situation, especially among the children. But, awareness-raising TV ads and logical reasoning with the kids are hardly going to decrease the distance between the children and their toothbrush. They are unaware of the fact that even the loss of primary teeth, which are temporary teeth, can cause them major harm in the long run. For instance, loss of a primary tooth allows the permanent tooth emerging beside it to grow sideways in the absence of a guiding structure. Unhealthy growth can lead to early loss of teeth later in the adult life.
In addition to the crooked set of teeth, chronic pain, and years of braces, a less than perfect set of teeth can irreparably damage your child’s confidence and ability to interact with others.

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measure

If you have to get your children to do what you want, or what’s good for them for that matter, you must learn to think like them. Here is a quick summary of what we know about them.
Children find brushing boring
Children love to play games, especially on smart devices
Children love to do only those things that they love
Can we use these facts to get the children actually want to brush?
Well, the simple answer is – turn brushing into a game. And, that’s exactly what Deeno has done.

Deeno: Game of Brushes

Deeno is a sensational new approach to brushing teeth. In fact, it is Brushing 2.0.
Deeno makes use of a whole new kind of electric brush, which is directly connected to the Deeno smartphone app via Bluetooth. The interactive app gamifies brushing by setting pre-programmed targets for children to achieve. When the children brush their teeth on time, as per their targets, they get gold coins. Ding! Ding! Ding!
Kids can create their Deeno-Saur profile, and keep a track of their score card, compare it with others, and compete with them to achieve better dental health.
Deeno Toothbrush comes with a bevy of cool features like 2-minute timer, massaging speed settings, and more, which ensure super-effective brushing, without fail, on a daily basis. Most of all, it’ll get your kids hooked to proper brushing.
It’s simple. It’s easy. And, it’s ingenious!
We can finally get those silly little humans learn to survive. Phew!!!

Your Kids Teeth Are In Danger Heres What You Can Do

Your Kids Teeth Are In Danger Heres What You Can Do

“Never do for a child what he is capable of doing for himself.” – E. Hainstock

That’s the thumb rule parents must remember when raising independent children capable of building the humanity’s future. But, how often can you get them to brush their teeth? They make it just so darn difficult.
What kids don’t realize is that not brushing their teeth or even improper brushing can lead to severe dental problems later in their life. Not to mention a whole gamut of other health complications as they age.


According to Public Health England, a surprising 5.6% of the 5-year olds in the country had tooth decay in their incisors (front teeth) in 2015 alone.
Some estimates even indicate that this number may be as high as 40% among the kids of kindergarten ages. What’s more shocking is that tooth decay is an easily preventable dental issue. According to multiple researches, roughly 33% of the children do not brush their teeth twice a day. Naturally, bad dental hygiene habits are leading to a surge in dental problems. Bad dental hygiene and the inability of the parents to get their children to brush has led to this “crisis” situation in the UK.


Crisis how? Tooth decay, when not diagnosed and treated on time, can further result in chronic infection and pain. What’s more, the effects of these issues can last well into the adulthood of the children, severely affecting their ability to perform even the most basic functions like eating, speaking, and learning.
In other words, kids’ indifference to proper brushing can result in them paying the price for it, their entire life.


Clearly, the stakes are pretty high! But, what are parents to do? They can only do so much to get their kids interested in brushing their teeth. Even the toothpaste companies tried to come up with flavourful toothpaste to get the children addicted to brushing. And, it did seem to work for a while. Then, like all things fad, they easily lost the children’s abysmally small attention span.
Just because the kids don’t know, worry, or care about the 700 different strains of bacteria that reside in their mouth, it doesn’t mean that they will reciprocate the kind gesture.


So, what’s the solution then? How do you get the kids to brush their own teeth, so that those little beasts can grow and live up to be healthy adult beasts? (so that they can grow and live up to be healthy adults)
Well, Deeno might hold the answer!
Deeno gets the kids hooked to brushing their teeth by turning their sole weakness against them.


Ask yourself, what is it that kids keep doing even when you hide the means to them? Play, of course. On the phones, tablets, computers, or with anything on which they can lay their hands upon. So, Deeno gives them something to play – a game, albeit a game with real benefits.


Deeno is a revolutionary toothbrush that is connected to a smartphone app. Children can play this game by brushing their teeth. The interactive game encourages proper brushing practices in children by setting brushing targets for kids and when the kids perform their duties, they win coins. To avoid unnecessary brushing, the game rewards the kids only when they brush at pre-programmed times. Children can set their Deeno’Saur profiles and compare their scores with each other. Who knew that a little bit of competitive spirit between the siblings and friends can keep their teeth whiter and healthier!
Now, watch as your kids hurry up to the bathroom for their fun-filled brushing, twice a day.
Earlier, they used to escape brushing. Now, thanks to Deeno, they look forward to it.