Friday, October 13, 2017

Encourage your patients to reduce their sugar consumption this World Cavity-Free Future Day

World Cavity-Free Future Day (WCFFDay) is this Saturday 14 October.

It's a golden opportunity for you to keep the conversation going with your patients about good oral health practices and to encourage them to choose water over sugary drinks.

WCFFDay was launched in 2016 by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF). It aims to engage communities around the world in the global fight against cavities, and offers the chance to send a ‘wakeup call’ to those with the ability to make social, economic and political changes to encourage action towards achieving a cavity-free future.

According to the World Health Organization, dental caries is the most common chronic disease on the planet. Worldwide, 60 per cent to 90 per cent of school children and nearly 100 per cent of adults suffer from cavities – despite them being largely preventable.

We encourage you to help people understand the importance of taking control of their oral health, including reducing their sugar intake.

Sugary drinks are a major source of the sugar we consume. And Australians are among the highest consumers of sugary drinks in the world. In 2006, Australia was among the top 10 countries for per capita consumption of soft drinks. 

Sugar sweetened beverages produce more acid when the sugar combines with bacteria in the mouth. Drinking water is a much better alternative – it has no acid, no sugar and no kilojoules. Even better, if you get your water from the tap, it comes with fluoride – at no cost!

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