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12/09/2013

Poor food choices cause dental problems in UK children

A recently published survey has suggested that UK parents may put the oral health of their children at risk by giving them the wrong foods and drinks. Among other findings, the survey revealed that almost two-thirds of the children aged 12 to 18 months consumed sugary food, preserves and confectionery on a daily basis. The investigators observed that the mean consumption of sugar, preserves and confectionery ranged from 3 to 8 g per day. Moreover, the proportion of children consuming these foods increased with age dental instrument: 7 per cent of those aged 4 to 6 months were consuming these foods, compared with 62 per cent of those aged 12 to 18 months. Similar results were found for savoury snacks. In addition, they observed an increasing number of children consuming fruit juices and soft drinks, which have been associated with dental erosion by a number of studies dental scaler. About 8 per cent of the children aged 4 to 6 months consumed 11 g of juice daily. This number rose to 26 per cent for those aged 12 to 18 months, who had a mean daily intake of 50 g. The proportion of children consuming soft drinks ranged from 6 to 26 per cent, with a mean daily consumption of 43 g for the children aged 4 to 6 months dental scalers, increasing to 158 g for those aged 12 to 18 months.

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