Prevalence of dental decay leading early tooth loss in children has increased according to different studies in the recent past in spite of easy and better access to oral and dental hygiene maintenance procedures. Parents have become more aware of the importance of retaining milk teeth for the growth of permanent dentition in future. The reasons behind alarming rise in early childhood caries and dental diseases must be sorted out in order to prevent and stop this unwanted situation. Researchers have found out that the consumption of sweetened juices and fizzy cola drinks has been found at its peak in small children recently. These beverages contain plenty of artificial sweeteners and are acidic in nature. The carbonated nature of these drinks de mineralizes the tooth structure rapidly by lowering the PH levels of the mouth below the critical PH values.
It is necessary to enforce preventive strategy focusing upon restricting the intake of artificial sweetening agents, fizzy drinks and cola beverages especially at night in infants and young children. Mothers are found to put these carbonated drinks and artificially sweetened milk in dinky feeding bottles for intake by the child at night in his/her bed. Children sleep with these feeding bottles in the mouth and this continuous supply of sweetening agents provides the favorable environment for tooth decay and growth of microorganisms. It has been suggested in this article to put an alarm label over the bottles and containers of these drinks showing the exact amount of artificial sugars and the risk which these carry regarding damage to the baby teeth.
Sugary foods and drinks should carry cigarette-style warning pictures to highlight the risk of the products rotting children’s teeth, according to a senior dental surgeon.
His warning came after the Birmingham Mail revealed how the West Midlands has seen a 300 per cent rise in children being admitted to hospital for multiple teeth extractions.
It has been reported that hospitals are running extra operations at evenings and weekends to deal with the 46,500 children admitted each year to have teeth removed under general anaesthetic after they are decayed by sugar.
“We have asked for expert advice about the amount of sugar we should be eating, which will be published soon, and this will be taken into account as we continue to work on our childhood obesity strategy.