Is there a really good way to brush the teeth of very young children?
With the reported rise in incidence of early childhood caries in North America in recent times, dental professional organizations are re-doubling efforts to encourage parents to bring children for a dental visit by the first birthday. For many children, caries is a largely preventable disease, and I have always found it really sad to see a mouthful of cavities in the mouths of young children, especially when simple measures can have a profound impact on preventing the disease in young children.
A colleague that I respect very much pointed me to a neat resource the other day that demonstrates how to brush the teeth of very young children. This YouTube video, titled Toothbrushing for children three and under – the knee-to-knee technique was created by Vancouver Coastal Health, the public health agency for Vancouver. Please watch this short video that lasts for 5 minutes and 30 seconds. If you like it, please consider recommending it to the members of your dental team and others.
The web link for the Vancouver Dental Program is www.vch.ca/dentalhealth, and you can find the video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUNmohl4CD8&sns=em. I for one really appreciate the great work of the people at the Vancouver Public Dental Program for creating this valuable resource and for sharing it with the world.
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