Report on #foodunwrapped this evening on processed fruit snacks – the only way to eat fruit between meals is whole, not dried, processed, juiced or blended. Dentists/dr interviewed stated that while there children are suffering dental decay from fizzy drinks, they are now seeing many children with dental decay caused by natural fruit snacks. To protect your children’s teeth give them as part of a meal, as a pudding. Dried fruit and processed fruit snacks are sticky, just like sweets, they act the same way on your teeth.
You can’t have missed the headlines last week about children’s dental health. A survey by government agency, Public Health England, found that on average 12% of 3 year olds have suffered dental decay. Rates were particularly high in Leicester, at 34%.
The BBC stated that “Researchers also said that some children had a particular type of decay known as early childhood caries. This affects the upper front teeth and spreads quickly to other teeth. It is linked to the consumption of sugary drinks in baby bottles or sipping cups.”
It’s interesting that they didn’t mention the increased use of puree pouches. Dentists have previously raised concerns about infants sucking the puree directly from the pouch. This also puts their front teeth in contact with more of the puree than spoon-feeding and so could also be a contributing factor to tooth decay, if consumed in this way regularly.
Unfortunately pouches like the ones in the photo do not include…
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