Sir, With reference to your report “UK gender divide starts early” (February 17) on child spending: figures from the Office for National Statistics have highlighted that children as young as seven years old are spending their pocket money more on soft drinks than on toys and hobbies.
The evidence clearly links these drinks to tooth decay, diabetes and childhood obesity, not to
Around 80% of children in South Africa have tooth decay before the age of six, which is perhaps not surprising with the combination of extremely high sugar consumption and limited access to dental care. Many people do not have basic oral care tools; it’s not unheard of for a whole family to share one toothbrush.
The Dental Wellness Trust (DWT) is on a mission to improve the oral health of children and vulnerable
http://www.dentalreview.news/people/58-dentistry-interviews/2876-dr-sandra-white-healthy-teeth-more-fluoride-less- Dr Sandra White asked: in the context of oral health, is there a crisis? Children’s oral health is improving overall, supported by companies like Oral B and Colgate and the work of dentists and their teams. Yes, she admits, people are eating more sugar but there is also more fluoride about to act as a counterbalance. However, yes, there is a regional crisis. She remembered how she wept when,
Final year dental students Karolyn John and Jack McSweeny spent three weeks of their summer teaching good oral health in the villages surrounding Cape Town in South Africa as part of the dental elective programme offered by King’s Dental Institute.
The two students helped teach good oral health and hygiene on behalf of the Dental Wellness Trust, a charity that aims to promote general dental wellness
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