A DENTIST in Leamington is urging parents to limit their children’s chocolate intake over Easter.
Rob Morgan of Space Healthcare says tooth decay in youngsters is at an all-time high and has suggested a number of entertaining and healthier alternatives to celebrate the occasion.
He said: “Easter is yet another time of year when children will be constantly directed towards eating sugary snacks, be that traditional Easter eggs or seasonal products.
“While it would be almost impossible to restrict a child’s chocolate intake altogether at this time of year, there are a number of different ways that you can provide healthier alternatives – buying sugar-free or low sugar chocolate eggs, for example, or cooking tasty treats at home.
“It’s also especially important to brush your teeth twice a day – morning and night – using a fluoride toothpaste; after all you only get one set of teeth so it’s important to look after them.”
The advice follows a ten per cent rise in the amount of children being admitted to UK hospitals as a result of serious tooth decay. The government is currently working to raise awareness of the impact of sugar on tooth decay but fears part of the problem is due to primary-aged children not attending the dentist.