• Leonie Arnebark

Why are sugary drinks bad for kids?

According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), Aussies are consuming too much sugar. Sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugar in the Australian diet, with each can of cola containing up to 10 teaspoons.

Children (and adults for that matter) do not need to include any fruit juices or other sweet drinks to have a healthy diet. Intake of sweet drinks reduces the quality of a child’s diet, has links to weight gain and poor oral health, and also exposes them to the ‘habit’ of drinking sweet drinks.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines do not recommend the consumption of sugar sweetened drinks such as soft drinks, cordials, fruit drinks, vitamin-style waters, flavoured mineral waters, energy and sports drinks.

Regularly having sugary drinks could make your child more likely to develop a number of unnecessary health problems, including:

Tooth decay

The sugar found in many popular sugary drinks, including fruit juice can cause tooth decay. This can result in cavities, toothache and in some cases, teeth having to be taken out.

Damage to tooth enamel

The acid found in all soft drinks, including diet and ‘no added sugar’ may cause damage to tooth enamel.

Excess weight gain

Sweet drinks are high in energy (kilojoules) and contain very little nutrition for your child’s diet. Regular intake of sweet drinks may lead to excess weight gain.

Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers

Even if your child looks fine on the outside, having too much sugar could still be harming their health. The excess fat that builds up in the body due to them having too much sugar may not always visible, but it can still increase their risk of developing serious diseases in the future.

Making a few small changes to cut down on sugar such as swapping from sugary drinks to water could help them live a longer, happier life.

Why water is better!

Water is sugar free and calorie free, so you can drink as much as you like without it damaging your teeth. It also contains fluoride which helps strengthen our teeth.

Find out more about the benefits of drinking water here:

Teeth N Smiles are on a mission to help reduce cavities in kids on the Central Coast and improve the oral health and overall health of our local communities. The friendly and professional Teeth N Smiles team provide on-site oral health assessments for local students. The mobile dental clinics are fully equipped dental surgeries on wheels delivering high quality dental treatment by qualified and accredited dental professionals.

Teeth N Smiles have serviced over 20,000 children in the last two years in over 100 local schools and over 300 childcare centres. The experienced and qualified team provide on-site oral health assessments with all practitioners being registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and complying with all legislation and regulatory requirements including those outlined by the Dental Board of Australia.

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