Dental Health Week 2014: Focus on Babies And Toddlers

Dental Health Week 2014: Focus on Babies And Toddlers

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Every year the Australian Dental Association holds a one-week campaign focusing on one dental health topic and raising awareness on the importance of taking care of one’s oral health.

Dental Health Week 2013

Dental Health Week 2012

This year, the Australian Dental Association’s campaign has its spotlight on the oral health of babies and toddlers’, particularly identifying the “Sugar Bandit”lurking in Australian households.

The sugar bandit, according to the ADA, is that person (whether a parent or member of extended family—aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa) who offers a child a “treat”to reward a good behaviour or as a bribe or just because they love them. This treat usually comes in a form of chocolate or other sweet treat—sugary foods that ultimately put the child at risk of developing tooth decay or diabetes.

These sugar bandits may not even be aware of the damage they are potentially doing to the child’s oral health. Their actions come from a place of love and kindness, and many would be horrified to know that they could be setting up a much-loved little one to experience dental and other health problems in the future.

Parents may themselves unknowingly be the sugar bandit in the family. Many foods and drinks that are thought to be healthy actually contain a lot of hidden sugars. Some of these are sweetened yoghurt, children’s cereals, flavoured milk, dried fruits, biscuits, fruit juices, canned fruits, fruit bars, to name a few.

In the next few days we will be sharing some wonderful materials from the Australian Dental Association on how to control the damage the sugar bandit may cause to your child’soral health.