Ask any dentist in Joondalup: tooth decay is predictable and preventable. It’s one of the few things that every dentist agrees on. One of the most preventable causes of tooth decay is drinking sugary drinks. Not only do they contribute to tooth decay: they contribute to diabetes, obesity and a host of other health problems.
Our neighbours in the New Zealand Dental Association(NZDA) provided their country with a successful initiative called “Switch to Water.” Irene van Dyk, former Silver Fern player, is the “face” of the NZDA campaign and is the ambassador for New Zealand’s National Oral Health Day. The campaign urged people to commit to switching from sugary drinks to water for 30 days.
In an official statement, Ms Van Dyk cited tooth decay, obesity and other health problems as being caused by sugary drinks. She hopes that switching to water for 30 days can serve as a reminder that they don’t need sugary drinks. She also pointed out that the body feels better when fully hydrated.
Ms van Dyk and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne worked together with 60 school children to launch the initiative. Dr David Crum, who is the Chief Executive for the NZDA, made a point that we make here often: dentists would rather help you keep your mouth healthy than repair damage caused by dental disease.
Dr Crum brought up some very good points, starting with this quote: “The problem with sugary drinks is more serious and extensive than just tooth decay.” He pointed out that most fizzy drinks contain 9 teaspoons of sugar and many juices contain even more. Approximately 35,000 New Zealand children need teeth removed every year.
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