Sweet drinks need tooth decay warning

01 October 2013

 

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 A new study has found the number of decayed, missing and filled baby teeth was 46% higher among children who consumed three or more sweet drinks per day.

While some councils are working to rid their cities of the healthy benefits of fluoridated water, researchers from the University of Adelaide have announced that any health warnings about soft drinks should also include the risk of tooth decay. Tooth decay carries with it significant physical, social and health implications, and the researchers believe the risk of tooth decay should be included in warnings relating to soft drinks. Additionally, there is consistent evidence to show that the high acidity of many sweetened drinks, particularly soft drinks and sports drinks, can be a factor in dental erosion as well as the sugar itself contributing to tooth decay.. The study also showed that greater exposure to fluoridated water significantly reduces the association between children's sweet drink consumption and  tooth decay.

Essentially, we need to ensure that children are exposed to less sweet drinks and have greater access to drink fluoridated water, which will result in significantly improved dental outcomes for children. 

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