18 Mar 2012

Parents need to be responsible for kids' teeth

Parents need to be responsible for kids' teeth
Parents have been advised to minimise the risks of their children suffering dental problems in the future by restricting the amount of sugary foods and drinks they let them consume.
Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, said that products which are high in sugar should be limited to meals times to minimise the risk of tooth decay.
"It's also important that children are taken to visit a dentist regularly and encouraged to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste," said Professor Walmsley.
His comments came after reports in the national press claimed that children who drink fruit juice as part of their five fruit and vegetables a day are damaging their teeth.
The importance of good dental care was recently emphasised by Dr Maurice Johannes' comments that many older adults were turning to cosmetic dentistry to reverse the effects of years of neglect.

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