The dangers of sugary drinks

By: Today children and even adults are consuming a large amount of sugary drinks. Some companies are able to camouflage the dangers by making them sound like they are good for us. Even some flavored waters that claim to contain vitamins in them have several teaspoons of sugar. Sugary drinks pose a serious health concern: childhood obesity. Children consume large amounts of sugar everyday through drinks, snacks, candy, and even in items such as ketchup. There is an epidemic today of overweight children. Some children carry their weight into adulthood. Obesity in children and adults carry hefty health dangers. It’s critical to try and keep our children from becoming obese. Cutting back their sugary drinks and paying close attention…

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Baby teeth DO matter

By: The Welsh Government’s ‘Baby Teeth DO Matter’ campaign was launched to raise the awareness of the importance of adopting healthy dental habits early to prevent tooth decay. The message to parents is: Children should start having their teeth brushed as soon as the first teeth come through at 6 months. Brush teeth last thing at night before going to bed and one other time during the day. Use a smear of family fluoride toothpaste, Take children to the dentist before the age of one and the whole family should be having routine dental check ups. Reduce the amount and frequency of sugary foods and drinks in diet from the weaning stage. Speaking after the visit Vaughan Gething said:…


Do you have the cavity gene?

By: You’ve heard it countless times: it runs in the family. But usually, people are talking about the color of your hair or problems with your heart. However, a dental decay gene may also be something your parents have passed along to you. Six-year-old Hoxie Flowers’ mom, Jennifer, figured out a fun way to teach her son how to take care of his teeth. “It was hard in the beginning to brush his teeth, very hard,” Jennifer told Ivanhoe. Jennifer worries because cavities seem to run in her family. “He’s possibly prone like I am,” said Jennifer. Professor and Dean of Nova Southeastern University Linda Niessen, DMD, MPH, is increasingly convinced there is, in fact, a cavity gene. “Dental…


How parents can protect against cracked or broken teeth

By: ERICA FRANCIS, Remember when you chipped or lost a tooth as a kid? How can you keep the same thing from happening to your kids? It helps to know what to do … and how to prevent dental problems. If your child comes home missing a tooth, find the tooth and take the child and the tooth to the dentist ASAP. Any tooth that is knocked out must be re-implanted within an hour. If there’s bleeding, rinse the mouth and apply pressure to the bleeding with a tissue or even a tea bag. Rinse the tooth in milk and keep it in milk until you get to the dentist. There are various treatments for a cracked, chipped or…



By: Cheryl Critchley, University of Melbourne Next time you’re racing out of the house without cleaning your teeth, think again. Neglecting your pearly whites can lead to a lot more than the odd filling. It’s the simplest of actions, but brushing your teeth properly with a good fluoride toothpaste that produces plenty of white froth could save your life. The worst most of us expect when we forget to brush and floss is plaque build-up and decay. But poor oral hygiene has also been linked to a range of conditions including some cancers, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy complications. It seems incredible, but it’s quite logical when you think about it. A healthy mouth harbors small amounts of bacteria…


Early care can take the bite out of dental problems later

By: Larry Wood, Good dental health begins in infancy, and that early attention to oral hygiene and care can mean strong teeth and gums as children become young adults and seniors. Dr. Thom Akins, a pediatric dentist in Aiken, said the earlier a child begins visits to the dentist, the better. “We like to see children earlier than most people anticipate,” Akins said. “Historically, people are accustomed to taking their children to the dentist around age 3 or 4, but as pediatric dentists, we prefer to see them within six months of the first tooth coming in or by the age of 1, whichever comes first.” During those early visits, a parent holds the child while he does an…


12-year-old candy entrepreneur makes it big with healthy lollipops

By: Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune Haave you ever wondered what the prequel to “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” would look like? It may resemble the career trajectory of Alina Morse — the 12-year-old founder/inventor of Zollipops (aka the “clean teeth lollipops”). Zollipops are natural lollipops that contain erythritol, xylitol and stevia (sugar alternatives), which neutralize acid in the mouth and reduce the risk of tooth decay and cavities. The sixth-grader had the idea for healthier suckers when she was still in the single digits, according to her father and manager Tom Morse. A simple visit to the bank and a teller offering her a lollipop with sugar led her to ask her father: “Why can’t we have candy that’s…


Kids’ vitamin gummies—unhealthy, poorly regulated and exploitative

By: Ken Harvey, Eliza Li, Rosemary Stanton, and Stuart Dashper, The Conversation, There are many brands of kids’ “gummies” on the market. They are promoted as deliciously flavored and a great way for growing bodies (and fussy eaters) to get the nutrients they need. The “active” ingredients are usually listed as vitamins, minerals and sometimes omega-3 fats and vegetable powders. They may say “contains sugars” or they may not. Rarely, some list an amount of sugar and other ingredients such as food acids like citric acid, lactic acid and ascorbic acid. In our opinion, these products are unhealthy and exploitative. Their high sugar content may appeal to young children, but they’re not a good introduction to a healthy diet….