Early Childhood Tooth Decay

Professor Monty Duggal, Head of Paediatric Dentistry at Leeds dental institute, is a leading expert in tooth decay in children under 5. He has been my advisor for 6 years, and has spent his professional life trying to reduce dental decay in babies and young children. He explains why tooth decay is still as big a problem as it was 60 years ago:

“Tooth decay still remains the most common preventable disease throughout the world. This is partly because the feeding habits of infants have never changed, and won’t change. Young babies still need feeding up to 8 times a day, which means their gums and teeth are frequently exposed to plaque causing bacteria. This will always be an issue, but it is how we reduce the impact of these frequent feeding patterns on babies’ gums and teeth which is important.”

“What many parents don’t realise, is that the damage caused to babies teeth happens within the first year of the tooth erupting. Not taking care of babies’ teeth and gums in this critical timeframe will no doubt lead to decay. As a dentist I know the problems parents face, children do not like having their teeth cleaned, especially teething babies. Parents do not want to cause distress to their child, so it’s hard for them to establish good oral hygiene habits.”

“Children do not have the dexterity to clean their own teeth until the age of 7, so to have a product which can be given to a baby that they can use independently throughout the day, in addition to parental cleaning with toothpaste morning and night, will be very beneficial. This is the good thing about the BugBrush - that the child can use it themselves. I think the design is great as it uses real nylon toothbrush filaments, which are plaque removers, not the silicone bristles - which are not as effective at removing plaque. By giving the child the BugBrush toothbrush to use after each feed or meal will ensure the gums and emerging teeth are kept free of food debris and plaque, increase salivary flow, which will in turn reduce the chance of tooth decay.”

Our experts

Throughout the development of the BugBrush toothbrush, I have relied upon the support and assistance of a team of experts that understand the issues and problems of dental decay in young children. My thanks goes to them for their help and continuous support.

Professor Monty Duggal
BDS MDSc FDS(Paed) RCS (Eng) PhD.
Head of Paediatric Dentistry, Leeds Dental Institute.

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Professor Helen Rodd
BDS (Hons) FDS (Paed)  PhD
Unit of Oral Health and Development, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield.

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Professor Chris Deery
Unit of Oral Health and Development, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield.

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