A UK charity, The Children’s Food Campaign, has recently suggested that a 20p per litre duty on sugary drinks would help to eradicate tooth decay and save the NHS millions of pounds.
Here at CK Dental in Bristol, we don’t take political sides, but we do welcome any measure that helps to limit the extent of tooth decay.
According to the British Dental Health Foundation, one in four children starting school has tooth decay, with one in three 12-year-olds having visible signs of decay. Soft drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children aged four to ten.
How can I limit the damage already done to my children’s teeth? Firstly, take them to see a dentist, such as Bristol dentist Cornelius Krause, here at CK Dental. The dentist will assess their oral health and tell you whether there are already signs of tooth decay. He will also give you advice on brushing, as well as foods and drinks to avoid.
Make brushing fun
With the advent of smartphones, there is now an app for almost anything you can think of, and toothbrushing is no exception. Download a child-friendly app with a catchy tune and a timer to help them brush their teeth for the full two minutes every time.
Make it part of the routine
Routine makes children feel safe, and if you make toothbrushing a regular part of their morning and evening routine, you will soon find that they do it without even thinking about it.
Give water to drink
According to CK Dental’s dental surgeon, Cornelius Krause, water should really be the only drink you give your children. If that’s not possible, however, do try to give them water after they have eaten or drunk something sugary, as it will help to wash the acid-forming sugars off their teeth, thus limiting the damage.
If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth and would like to book an appointment with Bristol dentist Mr Krause, please click here.