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Children eat five times as much sugar over summer holidays

Children eat five times as much sugar over summer holidays

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:00am 28th August 2018. (Updated at 7:01am 28th August 2018)

Your children may have eaten five times as much sugar by the time the summer holidays are over.

According to a survey - that is the case for more than half of kids in the South West.

Across the country, a child has to have a tooth removed every ten minutes.

Now a back-to-school warning about tooth decay is going out to parents.

The study found that a dental trip was identified by parents as the least important activity during the summer break.

Holidays, shopping for new school shoes and clothes and playdates are all considered to be more important than a quick check up at the dentist.

Experts are reminding mums and dads that kids' check-ups are free on the NHS and they should attend as often as their dentist advises.

If necessary, kids are also entitled to a free fluoride treatment that can help protect their teeth and prevent against decay.


"Worryingly, half of parents said their child will typically consume up to five times as much sugar a day during the holidays, with ice-creams and sugary drinks named as the biggest offenders.

"1 in 5 children are eating more sugary snacks out of boredom, whilst a third of parents admit that they allow their child to have more treats during the holidays.

"Not only are children consuming more sugar, the research also identified that children are brushing less during the summer period.

"1 in 5 parents admitted to their child's oral care changing over the holidays.

"Of those, 3 in 5 said that their child forgets to brush their teeth. 40% of parents admitted they don't even bother to check and over third said getting up later or going to bed later stops them brushing as often.

"4 in 5 UK parents admit to being concerned about the increase in their child's sugar consumption during the summer holidays, but almost a quarter say they don't have time or it's not a priority to take their child to the dentist for a check-up over the summer holidays.

"New shoes, shopping for new uniform and play dates were all considered as more important. Others said that their time off is spent taking their children on holiday.

"Tooth extraction remains the most common reason for hospital admissions in 5 to 9-year old's. According to NHS data in 2016/17 only 58% of kids saw a dentist and a quarter of kids aged 5 have decay."

Nyree Whitley, Dentist

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