Sugar consumption is thought to be behind much of this with the growing sugar content of many foods thought to be behind the growth in tooth decay rates in children.
A recent campaign on the Isle of Wight has been launched to increase awareness of this among children and adults. Called Sugar Smart Isle of Wight the campaign was formed after a survey of residents on the island showed many locals wanted action on hidden sugars.
Dr Ben Browne, GP at East Cowes Medical Centre, said: “I am delighted to be part of the team co-ordinating the SUGAR SMART initiative on the Isle of Wight. Making changes to what we eat is never easy, but every small action from local partners can make a real difference in helping us all achieve diets that will do us less harm and make us more aware of hidden sugar in everyday food.”
Sugar can lead to tooth decay as it leads to acid forming in the mouth, which can attack the tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. Obviously it is impossible to avoid this completely but you should minimise the number of times you eat every day to reduce the number of ‘acid attacks’ you get.