Tooth decay

Tooth decay

IDA President Dr Anne Twomey recently published an article in InTouch, the magazine of the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO), on the dangers of hidden sugars and the importance of oral health for our children.
The article points out that tooth decay can impact a child’s performance at school, as pain and exhaustion (from lack of sleep) are certain consequences of severe decay. Time absent from school to attend dental visits is another issue. The article contains advice for primary school teachers on encouraging pupils to learn about the dangers of hidden sugars, and to drink water or milk rather than fizzy drinks and juices.
This article is part of the IDA’s ongoing efforts to work with relevant organisations to raise the profile of oral health in general, and the dangers of sugar in the diet in particular.