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Advocates: Australia Needs To Get Tough On Soft Drink Labels

Warning Labels Cautioning Tooth Decay Possible

In the global fight against rising obesity rates, unhealthy foods have become targets for warning labels. That sentiment was carried further in Australia as dental experts urged lawmakers and other decision-makers to consider adding warning labels to soft drinks because of their effect on tooth decay and other health complications.

The call for warning labels comes after a recently released study found 56 percent of Aussie children aged 5 to 16 drank at least one sugary drink a day, and 13 percent consumed three or more such drinks any given day.

"I think the [dental] profession as a whole would support any labeling that would highlight the risk of tooth decay from soft drinks and beverages that contain high sugar content and are acidic," Dr. Gordon Burt, branch president for the Australian Dental Association in the Victoria state, told The Age.

Study Supports Need For Labels
The study referenced by down under dentists as the prompt for action on warning labels was done by domestic Adelaide University in South Australia and published in the American Journal of Public Health.

In the report, researchers found the frequency of decayed, missing and filled baby teeth was 46 percent higher for children who consumed three or more soft drinks a day compared to those who did not drink any.