Kids will consume up to five times more sugar during the summer holidays.
Ice cream and drinks are mostly to blame. A survey of 1,000 British parents found eight in 10 were concerned about the increase in sugar intake.
Yet one in three said they are more likely to hand out treats.
One in four said their child eats far more sweets.
And one in five said kids snack more out of boredom.
Just one in 10 said their child eats more vegetable sticks over the summer.
A fifth of parents believe their child’s oral care declines while out of school, with most claiming it’s easier to forget to brush when not in the usual routine.
Despite the problems, two-thirds say they will not make a special effort to schedule a dental checkup.
The poll was conducted for my dentist.
Group clinical director Nyree Whitley said: “Kids are entitled to free checkups on the NHS and the holidays are the ideal time to take them.”