MANY CHILDREN STILL SUFFER SERIOUS DECAY, despite improvements to the dental health of children in the UK in recent years. The risk of tooth decay is increased by too much sugary food and drink.
Cut Back on the Sugar
But sugar-free does not necessarily mean tooth safe. Erosion of tooth enamel is caused by acidic food and drinks including diet versions of fizzy drinks, smoothies and fruit juices/squashes, and affects the majority of children in the UK by the time they are 12 years old.
You can reduce the harm done to children’s oral health by avoiding sugary and acidic food and drink outside regular mealtimes.
British Dental Association
The BDA campaign seeks to encourage:
- supermarkets to restrict the availability of unhealthy foods at checkouts
- cinemas to downsize their unhealthy food and drink offerings
- schools and hospitals to withdraw unhealthy food and drink from vending machines