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Tooth decay spike putting Aussie children at risk

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Australian children are at risk of serious medical problems and it’s up to parents to step up.

Frightening research has revealed one-third of Australian kids aged five and six have decay in their baby teeth, caused by high sugar consumption and inadequate brushing.

Poor oral health in young people can be linked to more serious chronic conditions including diabetes and experts are pleading for parents to act.

President of the Australian Dental Association Dr Hugo Sachs tells Alan Jones it’s a “horrible indictment of the future.”

“A lot of the sugars, unfortunately, in packaged foods aren’t well disclosed. It’s up to parents to start looking at the amount of sugar per 100g serving.”

“The best beverage to drink is water. At the end of the day,¬†fluoridated water is the best outcome for your children.”

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