The most common reason for children aged 5-9 years being admitted to hospital is due to tooth decay. A child looses tooth removed in hospital every 10 minutes due to preventable tooth decay. Public Health England (PHE) has now created its first set of teaching resources on dental care to help educate young children.
Schools can now educate their pupils on the benefits of keeping their teeth healthy using the story of Tilly the Tooth, a mighty molar who becomes unwell from having too many sugary foods and drinks.
The Change4Life campaign is reminding parents that sugary drinks, including juice drinks, energy drinks, cola and other fizzy drinks, are one of the main sources of sugar in children’s diets.
Consuming too much sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and childhood obesity. Tooth decay can be prevented by cutting down on sugar as well as brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.