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I recently read with interest an article in the Independent that of a poll of 1,000 16 – 34 year olds, found 40 per cent have secretly judged a friend’s poor oral hygiene. A quarter of the respondents said they would avoid friends with dental hygiene issues by coming up with excuses to avoid social gatherings with them.
Tooth decay in children is a significant problem in the UK; a quarter of 5 year olds are affected (Public Health England, 2018 figures). Experts have warned that Coca Cola’s sponsorship of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is likely to result in increased dental problems. Due to innovative advertising techniques children are currently faced with a deluge of advertising and action is needed to address this worsening health crisis.
As oral piercings remain popular, and tongue piercings especially, Sam Swaby takes a look at the impact they can have on oral health.