According to data published by Public Health England (PHE), almost 9 out of 10 hospital tooth extractions among children aged 0 to 5 are due to preventable tooth decay.
PHE is encouraging parents to swap sugary foods and drinks for healthier choices and advocates protecting children’s teeth by using fluoride toothpaste.
PHE’s Change4Life campaign is encouraging parents to:
- Swap sugary drinks and snacks such as split-pot yoghurts for lower or no sugar alternatives, including lower-sugar yoghurts or no-added sugar juice drinks. The Change4Life website has plenty of easy ‘sugar swaps’ and helpful tips for families
- Limit fruit juice and smoothies to a total of 150ml per day and only consume with meals
- Ensure children brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (once before bedtime and once during the day) and remind them to ‘spit not rinse’, as rinsing washes away the protective fluoride. Brushing should start as soon as the first tooth appears
The Change4Life food scanner app has been designed to help parents make healthier choices when food when shopping as it highlights the sugar, salt, and fat content in products.