The ‘Heartbreaking’ Reality of Sugar-Induced Tooth Decay in Children

Tooth decay is the number one reason why children between 5 and 9 years are admitted to hospital in the UK. The 21st century diet is to blame for rise in the cases of tooth decay.

Sugary drinks are the number one culprit. Bacteria in the mouth metabolize these sugars to form acids that cause tooth decay. Life today is on the go which makes people consume a lot of juice and fizzy drinks. Another reason is that parents today depend more on sugar-laden processed foods compared to previous generations

Parents are advised to supervise young children and to encourage older children to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice every day. Parents should take their children to the dentist on a regular basis.

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