Sugar and Children’s Oral Health

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Curated News:

By Timberlake Dental curated from www.bda.com

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“Tooth decay is now the number one reason for hospital admissions among young children. Recent data have revealed a 10 per cent increase in children requiring hospital based tooth extractions in the last four years.

We have been leading on calls for radical action to lower the nation’s sugar intake, with measures ranging from lowering the recommended daily allowance, through to action on marketing, labelling and sales taxes.”

See full article on www.bda.com

Commentary:

As stated in the article, “Nearly a quarter of the added sugar in our diet comes from soft drinks and children aged 11-18 get 40% of their added sugars from soft drinks

We have been campaigning for a sugar tax on soft drinks for many years, as we believe there are clear oral health benefits of such a tax.

We welcomed the Government’s announcement of a levy on sugary soft drinks from 2018, but are calling for measures to go further to cover a wider range of sugary food and drinks, and for proceeds of the sugar levy to go towards funding children’s oral health initiatives.”