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Soft drinks need dental warning!
25 Feb 2013

A University of Adelaide dentistry expert says that warnings about the risk of dental decay should be included on the labels of soft drinks. Research on more than 16,800 Australian children has shown that the number of decayed, missing or fillings was 46% higher in children who had 3 or more sweet drinks a day than children who consumed none. The causes include the drink's high acidity and sugar content. Children also need more drinks of water that contains fluoride (spring water does not contain fluoride). Fruit juices also increase the risk of dental decay.

For more information have a look at the topics 'Teeth – decay and erosion' and 'Teeth – fluoride'.

References:

  • Jason M. Armfield, PhD, A. John Spencer, MDSc, PhD, MPH, Kaye F. Roberts-Thomson, BDSc, PhD, MPH, and Katrina Plastow, BAdEd
  • Water Fluoridation and the Association of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Dental Caries in Australian Children (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print January 17, 2013: e1-e7. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300889)

Read More: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2012.300889?prevSearch=soft+drink+dental+decay&searchHistoryKey=

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