Lower sugar levies provide lower teeth

25. march 2010  
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It is a bomb, in particular the children's and young people's dental health, sugar levies has fallen every year since 2001. It says Tandlægeforeningens president Susanne Andersen in a comment to the new information from the ministry of finance.

– We can see that the portions have become larger over the last ten years, and it is hardly unlikely that it has anything to do with the gradual tax reductions. Slikposerne have been greater, and the same is sodavandsflaskerne. While the biggest soda bottles for ten years ago called the 1½ litre, we are now up to 2 litres. And it is a big problem for the teeth. The large bottles of deadlines, especially children and young people to have a soda standing and taking a sip of it periodically. In this way, the teeth in a constant acid bath in, and the acid in the soda can in the worst case corrode the tooth enamel away, " says Susanne Andersen.

Studies have shown that every 7. teen, to a greater or lesser extent, have acid injuries of the tooth enamel.

In addition to syreskaderne is the sugar in soft drinks and sweets are one of the major culprits when it comes to holes in the teeth. The trend has for many years been, that the danes have fewer and fewer holes in the teeth, but Susanne Andersen is afraid that the positive development will stop, if the intake of sugar continues to increase.

Further information may be obtained from Tandlægeforeningen by contacting the communications officer May Falcon 70 25 77 11 or head of communications Claus Jørgensen on 70 25 77 11 or 21 26 56 98.

Parents do not take responsibility for the children's dental health

1. september 2009  
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Two out of five parents defying Tandlægeforeningens recommendations, and does not help their children to brush their teeth, shows a new study carried out by Codan forsikring. In the following the study has almost every fourth child under 11 years of age in day one or more holes in the teeth. While 44 percent of all children eat candy, two to three times a week.

Parents do not help with the brushing
“Our customers are generally very good at reporting their children's dental injuries and are actually worried about something happening with their children's teeth, which is very positive. Therefore, it can be wonder that many parents have lost interest in brushing their children at a time, where children have the greatest need for it,” says Codans press officer, Jens Nüchel, and refers to, that children get permanent teeth from 6 years of age.

A child's baby teeth will be replaced when the child is between six and twelve years. And the child's fine motor skills are not developed enough, so that it can deal with brushing until the child is about 10 years. Therefore, the recommendation is for all parents that they must help the child with brushing until the child is at least 10 years. In the 12-14 years of age comes the child's tolvårstænder, which sits behind the seksårstænderne. And until the child can hold the teeth properly clean, the parents should assist with brushing at least once a day.

In Tandlægeforeningen you are aware of the problem and one that the parents in the so-called “zero-gaps-generation, has put the responsibility for their children's dental health, when the whole 40 percent of the parents does not help children to keep the teeth clean.

“The so-called ‘zero-gaps-the generation that has grown up with a flour-rinses in the school, has been adult. In the generation, there is a tendency to put the responsibility for their children's teeth on to the dentist; the dentist, who makes sure that the kids don't get holes. A portion parents in this generation do not look brushing as something they must perform for their children, because so few of them even have experienced to have gaps in the teeth. Dental care is still often placed in schools or going to schools, but the intervals between the children's visits to the dentist in recent years has increased. It is therefore all the more important that the parents assume their responsibility to help the children with brushing until children are 10 or 12 years,” says odontologisk consultant in Tandlægeforeningen Birthe Cortsen.

The parents do not know what it is that threatens their children's teeth
“Over 60 percent of the parents cares about the kids falls and strikes the teeth, while the real risk of tandskade lies in the fact that the parents actually fill their children with candy. There is an exaggerated fear of children fall and hurt himself,” says press officer Jens Nüchel, Codan.

The kids eat sugary cases several times a week
Codan Insurance is started with a general survey on child health, which among other things has a focus on the problems with rising obesity and poor dental health. One of the reasons seems to be that the children will be fed with candy from they are quite tender.

In the following study get three percent of all children between 0 and 2 years of candy daily. While 32 percent of this age group being fed with sweets, cakes or other sugary cases, two to three times a week.

1 out of 10 children between 10 and 12 years eat sweets daily. And for the 13 to 15 year old children, the figure is 11 percent, while 12 percent of the 16 to 17 year-olds eating sweets every day. Overall, eat 44 percent of all children sweets two to three times a week.

The survey is conducted in the period 16. – 18. June 2009. And the 1018 respondents participated in the study.

Water with lemon juice etches the teeth

6. may 2009  
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Cola, fruit Juices and smoothies are far from the only drinks you should be careful with, if you want to avoid acid injuries to the teeth. Water with lemon or limeskiver is almost just as bad for the teeth such as cola.

Summer, sun and cold drinks
Now summer is approaching rapidly, increasing the need for cold drinks to make the thirst with along with the temperature. In cafes and restaurants is ice-cold tap water with fresh lemon or limeskiver become very popular among the young people, as a “healthy” alternative to the often sukkerfyldte soft drinks, which can also be very acidic.

But you drink citronvand more than once per day, you risk the enamel on your teeth corrode and after a single summer's consumption, you can look forward to a hefty bill from the dentist in several thousands of dollars, writes Urban. One of the country's leading researchers in the field of dental disease, overtandlæge Ulla Pallesen call tanderosion for a regular epidemic.

The etching of the teeth
“It damages the teeth in nearly the same degree as the cola. The more sliced lemon, in a pitcher of water, the more the enamel is etched there. There is no doubt that the pH-value smoking significantly less than the 5.5, which our teeth can withstand,” says Ulla Pallesen, who daily works with and teaches in the dental diseases at Copenhagen University, for Urban. “The enamel is etched slowly, but surely, even if no one marks or can see in the beginning,” explains overtandlæge Ulla Pallesen on.

Her research shows that the etching of the teeth is a major problem among young people under 30 years of age. And she estimates that the frequency of the disorder is second only to dental caries and periodontal disease. The first and only study on the number of acid injuries among teenagers was made in 2001 in the municipality of Aarhus in cooperation with The Municipal Dentistry in Aarhus. This study showed that every sixth between 15 and 17 years old had severe acid injuries to the teeth.

How can one protect themselves from acid injuries
You can't keep from citronvand, and other acidic beverages, you should limit intake to a maximum of once per day. The worst thing you can do is to drink it frequently and at regular intervals through the day, as it takes time for the mouth and the teeth the pH value to stabilise again. The consequence of the frequent acid bath in of the teeth comes creeping, and you can't completely brush-free for them. Indeed, one should avoid to brush the teeth right after consuming acidic drinks, and instead of rinsing the mouth with clean water immediately after use. Acidic beverages should not be consumed with small sips over a long time, but should instead be enjoyed quickly or with a straw.

You should also be aware that the excessive eating of sour fruits – such as lemons and oranges, as well as chewing of sour candy – as f.ex. wine gums – can dissolve the enamel and allow acid injuries.