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Health What sugar is really doing to your child’s teeth

05:16  11 march  2018
05:16  11 march  2018 Source:

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What sugar is really doing to your child ’ s teeth . (Post continues.) She says that this especially happens in between the teeth , because plaque and sugary food can get stuck there, and can cause decay.

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This staggering statistic is a real concern and according to dentist, Dr Mary Moss, we need to be more aware of our sugar intake.

Dr Moss says it’s largely due to all the hidden sugars in the food we consume.

“Children are consuming so much sugar these days and it’s coming in forms that we’re not aware of. Obviously, we are aware of things like lollies but sugar is hidden in so many other things such as breakfast cereals, muesli bars, juices, cordials, and many people simply aren’t aware that there’s such large volumes of sugar in them,” she explains.

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Sugar is such a threat to teeth health because of how it mixes with plaque.

“If there is plaque left on your teeth and you consume sugar, especially sticky things like honey and jam, that are sticky, they get caught in the plaque and that creates little acids that attack our teeth,” Dr Moss explains.

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She says that this especially happens in between the teeth, because plaque and sugary food can get stuck there, and can cause decay.

And don’t think just because they’re baby teeth, they don’t matter – they do.

Bad oral care during a child’s early years can be detrimental in the future.

“We see kids every day having general anesthetics to have teeth pulled out or having fillings, so it’s important to care for baby teeth too. If baby teeth have to be pulled out, it causes space issues because our permanent teeth can’t push through into the right space and what many people don’t realise is that baby molars don’t naturally fall out until around 14-years of age,” Dr Moss says.

a woman brushing her teeth with a toothbrush in her mouth© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd

Luckily, there are ways to combat this.

Ensure your child is brushing twice a day, morning and night, and each session lasts for two minutes, Dr Moss advises.

She goes on to say that children should be getting their teeth brushed by an adult until they are five-years-old and closely monitored until they are eight-years-old.

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“Children should see their dentist every six months, use a fluoride toothpaste, and drink fluoridated water to help limit plaque build-up,” Dr Moss says.

So, get your kids caring for their teeth early and it will save a lot of potential heartache later.

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