The Faculty of Public Health warns that too much-hidden sugar is putting kids teeth at risk.
The dangers to health of excess sugar consumption are highlighted in a new health statement from the FPH.
The leading public health body representing senior public health professionals. Too much sugar can lead to overweight and obesity, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.
And eating sugary things too often can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
‘Cleaning between the teeth is also important and should be done once-a-day using floss or inter-dental brushes.’
Scientists believe that the bacteria in the mouth that causes tooth decay and gum disease may enter the bloodstream and damage the blood vessel lining, or trigger inflammation in the body which leads to heart disease.
However, as this study shows, failing to take care of your teeth from a young age can lead to far bigger problems later in life.
Anyone who is concerned about their oral health should ask their dentist for advice while being careful to maintain a good oral healthcare routine on a day-to-day basis.’
A recent study, surveying dental professionals, highlighted a large increase in levels of gingivitis and periodontitis.
Colgate recently surveyed 480 dental professionals about their patients’ gingival and periodontal health.
Interestingly, the study highlighted that over 34% of dental professionals had seen an increase in levels of gingivitis and periodontitis, in their clients.
Furthermore, the dental professionals reported that 49% of their patients were not at all aware, or not very aware, of the overall state of their gum health.
This study proves that there should be a greater awareness of dental hygiene amongst a large proportion of the public.