Health professionals warn of bottle syndrome: 12-month-old babies whose mouths are already full of cavities.
They are called “coca babies”, these young children with damaged, black teeth are fed sugary drinks, special soda and especially Coca-Cola. A recent article in Mediacités mentions this incident in Hauts-de-France, although it is not limited to this region.
Some health and childhood professionals have reported that children are accustomed to drinking cola. On social networks, funny videos show parents toasting and making toddlers – even their toddlers – drinking Coca-Cola, sometimes poured directly into bottles. Eating away from trivial.
Teeth at the root
This phenomenon is well known to health professionals. “It was called Baby Bottle Syndrome,” BFMTV.com explained to Marco Majvet, general representative of the French Dental Surgeons’ Union. That baby, from 12 months, already has black incisors, as if they had been nibbled.
“These are children who fall asleep during the day and in the evening after a meal with a sweet drink, such as a bottle or drink after Coke. In the office, we take children with tooth roots, very fragile and very infected.”
This syndrome, also known as “early multiple caries of young children”, is manifested by the presence of caries in the milk teeth, from the pores to the canine, even to the molars.
“Salts are no longer able to neutralize the acids formed after eating, as these children continue to consume sugary drinks, which creates an imbalance,” explained BFMTV.com to Christoph Lecuart, a dental surgeon and wearer. It’s a double whammy with soda: these are acidic products that mineralize teeth. “
In these children under 6 years of age, sometimes several teeth or even almost all teeth need to be removed. Thus some children find their first permanent teeth from 5-6 years of age and about 12 years without teeth, until their permanent teeth erupt.
“In the case of children, it is very heavy as an operation, Christoph Lecuart continued. And the results are multiple, as well as chewing, pronunciation such as social strata and self-esteem. Imagine the ridicule these children hear from their peers.”
There is no national or regional information on the extent of the problem. The latest statistics are dated 2006. At that time, The French Union for Oral and Dental Health (UFSBD) has investigated children’s health, showing improvement. He noted that at age 12, the Carius Index (which represents the average number of teeth per child eroded, missing or filled) – which was 4.20 in 1987 and 1.94 in 1998 – was 1.23 in 2006. And the rate of 6-year-olds that were completely free of cavities that year was 63.4%, again improving.
Haro on sugar
Despite a positive general picture, the UFSBD noted “marked” oral health “discrimination.” “By age 12, 6% of non-injured children have 50% infected teeth and 20% have 72% infected teeth.” Inequality associated with parents’ social status, UFSBD noted. “Peasants, workers, inactive, as well as school-going children in JAP or rural areas are more significantly affected.”
According to Marco Majewett, a dental surgeon in France, if this syndrome is associated with a lack of dental hygiene, it is also associated with poor eating habits. Excessive use of sugar, especially in both beverages and solid foods. He thus condemns the presence of hidden sugars in salty products, especially in processed products, and points to breakfast products for children.
“With a bowl of cereal in the morning, we’ve already eaten our daily dose of sugar, even without eating orange juice. Also, we may have the idea that a glass of orange juice in the morning is for a baby or toddler. Good for health. But no, That’s too much. We weren’t made to swallow the equivalent of six oranges in twenty seconds. “
Coke, soda, fruit juice, syrup, flavored water
He recalls that the recommended daily dose of sugar is 25 grams for an adult, half for a child. For Christophe Lecuart, whether it’s coke, soda or fruit juice, the problem is the same: “It’s sugar.”
Oral health professionals remember the instruction: Do not let a baby fall asleep with sugary drinks, be it cola, milk, syrup or flavored water. And it is essential to brush children’s teeth after meals in the morning and evening with fluoridated toothpaste. In addition to dental problems, Marco Majavet has warned of long-term reactions.
“Teeth are the only visible part of the human body. Eating so much sugar at such a young age makes these children perfect candidates for diabetes or early obesity. We can’t imagine it but the impact on health is catastrophic.”