How Junk Food and Sodas Ruin Kids’ Teeth in Developing Countries

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By Timberlake Dental curated from The Atlantic

Good dental care helps insulate Americans from junk food-related tooth decay. But in a country like El Salvador, where access to care is limited, it’s a different story. ..”

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In this story about a pediatrician, Dr. Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, who works with a health program in El Salvador, the impact of sugary beverages and foods is clearly illustrated.  In the picture shown here, she is playing with the children as they appeared 30 years ago.  Now, due to the sugar in the foods and drinks they get, the teeth of children there are often rotted to the root!    These high levels of sugar content, not available 30 years ago, are having a clearly negative impact.

What do you suppose sugar is doing to us in the US!  We have excellent dental care of course, but does it make sense to include all that sugar in our diet, knowing that it is a leading cause of cavities?