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Victorian kids are losing all their baby teeth due to decay

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on February 23, 2016

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Victoria’s children are paying the price for Australia’s sugar addiction.

The Herald Sun has reported that children as young as five are having all of their baby teeth removed due to decay.

The sugar crisis is so bad that 50% of all Australian six year olds have decay in their baby teeth. It is not unusual for children to have to have six or seven teeth removed at once, with some children requiring up to 18 or 20 of their teeth pulled.

Dentists are even seeing 18-month-old toddlers who need their rotten teeth removed.

Health experts are worried about the effect this will have on children. Teeth removal can cause speech problems and difficulty eating, as well as the obvious emotional impact of going to school with no teeth.

They also point out that while young children are suffering, it’s their parents who are guilty of providing them with too much sugar in the first place.

This dental dilemma has sparked calls for a sugar tax in Australia.Frequent soft drinks and juices are some of the main causes of tooth decay in children, and it is hoped that a tax on sugary drinks will reduce consumption. It has also been suggested that greater education around what is a healthy amount of sugar for children is needed.

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