Would a photo like this on a sugary drink or snack make you think twice about letting your children eat or drink it?
Top dentists are hoping that these kinds of images will do just that, and are calling for sugary drinks, sweets and snacks to carry graphic health warnings to curb the increase in tooth decay in children.
The number of toddlers in the UK with rotten teeth is reaching “crisis levels” according to the Royal College of Surgeons’ Dental Faculty, and as reported in The Sunday Times. The newspaper quotes the dental faculty dean, Nigel Hunt, as saying children are having to wait up to a year to have rotten teeth removed on the NHS because waiting lists are so long. Some 46,500 children are admitted to hospital in the UK every year to have decaying teeth removed under general anaesthetic, with excess fizzy drink and sweet consumption being cited as the chief cause. Hunt is calling for cigarette-style health warnings, in the form of pictures of children with rotting teeth, to be displayed on sugary snacks and drinks to help alert parents and children to the consequences of eating and drinking too much sugar.
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