Oral health worsens in children: start again in the summer with healthy habits

The Key-Stone research for Curasept

Almost 40% of doctors believe that dental care for those under 12 has deteriorated in the last two years.

Summer vacation: the right time to regain good practice thanks to friendly food.

Milan, 13 June 2022 – Oral hygiene in children proves to be “Cinderella” of good health practice: a very recent study by Key-Stone for Curasept, a leading Italian oral care company, shows that for 39% of dental hygienists, the situation of oral care in children has worsened in the last two years.

“Based on the data we have received, a picture emerges of a lack of awareness of how proper prevention can positively affect overall well-being,” he comments. Paola Della Bruna, Curasept Scientific & Clinical Affairs Manager. “Research has highlighted how the deterioration of awareness of oral health in children is not a factor linked so much to the pandemic phase, but to more structural factors. Therefore, we at Curasept are committed and will engage in new projects. to increase families’ knowledge and sensitivity to an issue that has concrete consequences for health, also with practical support projects ”.

According to experts, the deterioration that took place during this two-year period is due to a number of contributing factors, among which they sporadic or unconsolidated hygiene habitsa factor considered relevant or highly relevant of 98% of those interviewed. Another crucial element is improper use of chemical and mechanical hygiene toolsstarting with toothbrush and toothpaste, considered important reason by 96%. Also on the quay abundant consumption of sugary foods and cariogenic foods: factors considered relevant or highly relevant since 91% of those interviewed.

The pandemic played an important role because it led to a reduction or cancellation of visits and professional hygiene sessions, while the effect of the masks is of minor importance among the reasons for the lack of attention to oral hygiene.

“The positive fact we can give to reading the data is that together we can do a lot to improve habits and encourage the introduction of greater knowledge and regularity in oral hygiene in the home: On this front, we as a company have been and will be even more active ”, he states By Bruna.


Summer vacations, at the end of school commitments, can be a beneficial phase to reintroduce or strengthen hygiene habits at a time when children are less pressured by commitments, schedules and deadlines. If suggested in a playful way, the care activities can stay in the routine longer and without too much stress.

Summer: an opportunity to fill up with “friendly food”!

While it is known that sugary foods are enemies of the teeth, as the bacteria responsible for cavities in the teeth feed on sugar, it is perhaps less well known that excellent allies against cavities can be found in fruits and vegetables. In particular, the intake of non-acidic fruits such as the watermelonthat melonthat fishing andapricot food that children often enjoy – laugh crispy vegetables to sip as a fresh snack (e.g. carrot And pepper) but also dried fruit, yogurt
and milk. These foods are considered acaryogenic and can therefore be consumed in complete calm (always if they are not added sugar)

How to learn an oral hygiene routine?

The moment of oral hygiene does not have to be boring: routine yes, but with a little fun. Green light therefore for the choice of a toothbrush of good quality, with the size that suits the child’s age and mouth, colored and to encourage him he could choose it himself (and remember to change it every 3-4 months), accompanied by a toothpaste with a taste to your liking.

To encourage a proper duration of brushing, you can listen to a song among his favorites, which lasts about two minutes: the cleaning must not be finished before the end of the music.

The logic of the price is often successful. You can put up a colored board in the bathroom, on which the child can mark and draw each time it has completed the “tooth mission” (twice daily for two minutes): at the end of e.g. a whole month will receive a fair reward for commitment!

Finally, leading by example and brushing your teeth together is a great way to establish and maintain healthy habits.


First of all, it is important to know that, as stated by the WHO (World Health Organization) 1), numerous studies have for some time already shown that oral health is related to the general state of health. Oral diseases – such as periodontitis, a contagious bacterial disease that affects the supporting tissues of the teeth and can cause them to fall out – are not local but systemic and are associated with other organic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases. For this reason, it is important to acquire healthy habits from an early age, which will then consolidate with adolescence.

When to start?

It is recommended to clean the mucous membranes of the newborn even before the appearance of the first teeth, after breastfeeding. It is sufficient to use a sterile gauze wrapped around the finger to gently pass over the baby’s gums.

From the appearance of the first tooth, about 6-8 months, parents should use a toothbrush of special size with very soft bristles and a minimum amount of toothpaste, equivalent to a grain of rice, and perform the correct oral hygiene maneuvers. Already at this stage a fluoride toothpaste is recommended.

To deal with the pain due to the birth of the teeth, there are special bites and gels that provide relief, also in this case it is advisable that they are sugar free.

From 3 years onwards, the amount of toothpaste can be increased by reaching the maximum dose, which is the size of a pea. From 3 years of age, children can even brush their teeth with specific brushes 3-6 years of age, but monitoring an adult is helpful in checking the correctness of the maneuvers until they are completely independent.

It should also be remembered that the first dental visit should be performed around 18/24 months.

How to do?

When the child is able to hold the toothbrush, it can even begin to brush its teeth with small circular motions. For children who have greater control over manual skills (usually around 5-6 years), the ideal technique is to brush teeth from gums to teeth.

If it is the parent who brushes the child’s teeth, for maximum safety and efficiency it is strongly recommended that the child rests his head and uses good lighting. It is also important to brush the margins between the tooth and the gums by tilting the brush approx. 45 °.

When the child is able to spit, mouthwash can be introduced which completes the daily oral hygiene.

Oral hygiene with a toothbrush and toothpaste should take place at least twice a day: in the morning and certainly before going to bed in the evening, each time the cleaning session should last at least two minutes. Even dental floss should become part of the routine of the little ones as soon as the dentist allows it, because only with the dental floss is it possible to remove the bacterial plaque from the areas that the toothbrush cannot reach.

How to choose?

When choosing the most suitable products, it is necessary to keep in mind the different needs of children in different age groups.

Throughout the toothbrushing period, from 6-8 months, it can be a relief to use the bite and use a special gel based on natural ingredients to relieve irritated muscles. From six months, the national guidelines for oral health promotion say that fluoroprophylaxis can be done using toothpaste that contains at least 1000 ppm fluoride. It is also advisable to pay attention to the abrasive power of the toothpaste: considering that enamel in baby teeth has a reduced thickness, less hardness and greater permeability, toothpastes with RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasivity) lower than 30 are recommended precisely so as not to cause damage to the enamel, which protects the teeth from cariogenic substances.

“In terms of the effectiveness of the preventive action of caries and the reduction of previous caries lesions,” he notes Paola Della Bruna “A clinical study was performed on over 600 children aged 4-5 and 6-7 years, which clearly showed how a toothpaste containing BIOACTIVE COMPLEX and fluorinated hydroxyapatite is more effective than traditional fluoride toothpaste, both for prevention and treatment.”


During the school year that has just ended, Curasept, which has always been committed to promoting children’s oral health, has taken steps to gain greater knowledge about when and how to practice oral hygiene. Thanks to the collaboration with Tartaronline.coman online community of medical hygienists, almost 2,300 primary school children participated in informative workshops held by the experts from Tartaronline.com and received the Curasept set for oral hygiene at home as well as information material, also useful for mom and dad.

“We are happy to support training and information activities,” he comments Paola Della Bruna. “We intend to continue with these workshops also in the next school year, to become increasingly active on the dissemination front, but we also have projects in the pipeline to provide concrete help to families and provide greater access to primary dental care in pediatrics. “.

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