Toothbrushing practices in children are more closely linked to the mental health of their mothers than previously believed. Everyone knows that brushing your teeth twice a day helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. Children’s dental caries, also known as childhood dental caries (ECC), may be prevented by brushing with fluoride-containing toothpaste, according to the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry. Good oral practices are mostly instilled in children by their parents. Children under the age of 3 have an unnervingly high incidence of ECC in Japan. A mother’s capacity to develop good dental habits in children is harmed by postpartum depression and/or a lack of love induced by bonding problems, and researchers were eager to investigate this connection.
80,000 mother-infant pairs from the Ministry of Environment’s Japan Environment and Children’s Study were examined by Dr Shinobu Tsuchiya of Tohoku University Hospital. It was shown that children whose moms had postpartum depression or bonding problems cleaned their teeth less often than other children. Similarly, children were more likely to clean their teeth on a regular basis when their moms showed them affectionately. It is hoped that the findings of this study would help moms feel more supported and in control, and that physicians will take these aspects into account when evaluating children’s dental health. A mother’s psychological well-being may help identify children who are at high risk of developing ECC, according to Tsuchiya. Tsuchiya and her colleagues want to investigate the impact of additional environmental factors on dental health in the future.
Reference : Shinobu Tsuchiya, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Haruki Momma, Ryoichi Nagatomi, Takahiro Arima, Nobuo Yaegashi, Kaoru Igarashi. Influence of maternal postpartum depression on children’s toothbrushing frequency. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 2021; DOI: 10.1111/cdoe.12672