We are still seeing as much as 70% of children in Australia suffering from dental decay.
The main cause being the increased consumption of sugary treats and sugar sweetened soft drinks.
Halloween has become increasingly popular in Australia and we see large amounts of lollies being consumed in a short time during this period.
Decay (or cavities) in childrens teeth can form fairly quickly if they are constantly sipping on sweet drinks or sucking on sticky lollies.
The frequency of sugar intake is directly linked to the increase in cavities in children.
It is best if they are to have lollies, to have them with a meal, drink water or brush their teeth afterwards.
Despite the fluoride in the water we are seeing more and more children drinking bottled water.
Bottled water does not have fluoride in it.
Fluoride protects teeth from cavities, and if children are drinking non-fluoridated bottled water they are going to miss out on its benefits.
So in short, if you want to protect your child from cavities, limit the lollies and soft drinks, or have them with meals, get them to drink fluoridated (tap) water and encourage them to brush their teeth twice a day.
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