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Examining enamel: Larry Dougherty stands in his dental surgery where he treats a number of patients for tooth
Diet change blamed
for teeth problems
How can you prevent it?
Eating only three to five times a
Avoid drinking acidic drinks like
fruit juice, fizzy drinks and sports
Don't be fooled by thinking healthy
food won't hurt your teeth -- even
fruit causes erosion
Have regular dental checks
Avoid sipping or eating over a long
By LOUISE BERWICK
An Auckland dentist has label-
led the problem of tooth enamel
erosion an epidemic and an
Invercargill dentist says she is
not being unreasonable.
Invercargill dentist Larry
Dougherty said the problem of
tooth enamel erosion is of
concern both in New Zealand
The problem, which he labels as
a ''worldwide phenomenon'', is
caused by acids corroding the
enamel on teeth.
Invercargill residents are not
exempt from the problem,
patients at Larry Dougherty,
DMD Dental HealthCare con-
tinue to file through his doors
with tooth enamel erosion
While he could not put a
number on the number of people
he saw each week with the
issue, he saw ''a lot of it''.
Changes in diets are being
blamed as the reason so many
people, both in Invercargill and
other parts of the country,
continue to have erosion of the
tooth enamel, he said.
Auckland dentist Dr Andrea
Shepperson has just finished a
lecture series, helping dentists
recognise the clinical signs and
provide treatment strategies for
She called the problem an
''The anecdotal feedback from
my colleagues is that we are
seeing dental erosion at levels
we have not seen in previous
decades,'' she said.
She said she saw new cases of
dental erosion every day, par-
ticularly among university
students and young profes-
However, Dr Dougherty said the
issue was ''pretty complex'' and
he was seeing cases from right
across the board, not just young
The New Zealand Dental Assoc-
iation Southland Branch presi-
dent John McDowell said he
agreed with Dr Dougherty
calling it a worldwide phenom-
enon but stopped short of calling
it an epidemic.
''Epidemic is a big word.''
During the past decade the
number of people with the
problem had increased, but
people were drinking more
sports and fizzy drinks, he said.
Helping hands: Pupils at St Patrick's School have been making Horrible Hands
for the school fair this Saturday. From left: Tegan Cross, 10, Tessa McNaught, 9,
Xavier Sands, 10, Makensie Waddell, 10 and Keilani Notoa, 9.Photo: LOUISE BERWICK
Down to business
for school funds
St Patrick's School pupils have
been have busy combining learn-
ing with business as they prepare
for their fair on Sunday.
From product costings to surveys,
pupils have been organising
games, food and stalls in prep-
aration for the fair from 10am-
Parent Teachers Association
president Cathie Dodd said the
fair was the major fundraiser for
She said pupils had been doing a
lot of work towards the event,
including creating posters for
advertising, conducting pricing
surveys and making products and
games for the day.
Room 9 pupil Makensie Waddell,
10, said she enjoyed all the work
they were doing.
Her class had made horrible
hands, which were ice blocks
made in the shape of hands.
The event had made her consider
becoming a businesswoman when
she was older.
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