Will this new tax mean a significant reduction in tooth decay, especially in children?
It is possible that you may have missed the news, but you will find that, when doing your shopping, the cost of a drink which contains more than 5g of sugar per 100ml has been affected by this tax. This means that the cost of a litre of drink, with between 5 – 8 g of sugar per 100ml will rise by 18p/l whereas those with 8 g or higher will rise by 24p/l.
Although the tax was brought in predominantly to address the growing obesity problem, it can only be good news for our teeth as well. Sugar consumption is still one of the main reasons for tooth decay, especially, though not exclusively, in children.
Will it work?
At the Cygnet Dental Practice, we are hoping that this price increase will at least reduce the amount of sugar that our patients consume. Only time will tell how much effect it will have. Some studies have shown that around 20% of people asked said that it wouldn’t reduce the amount of these drinks that they buy, with another 20% claiming to be addicted to sugar.
Even these negative sounding figures though, indicate that it may change the dietary habits of 80% of the population, and that can only be a good thing. The fact that the tax is in the news may also help to raise more awareness of the health problems that excessive sugar intake can bring.
The reality is that sugar is present in many more foods than just soft drinks, although these are one of the worst culprits. Even many savoury foods contain sugars, partially as a preservative. This does not mean that we have to avoid all foods that contain sugar; an almost impossible task.
Keeping our sugar consumption to a sensible level makes good sense and will help to reduce tooth decay problems. Our dietary habits are important but are not the only aspect of having healthy teeth and gums. Making sure that you clean your teeth well at home, including flossing them last thing at night, will help to remove any remaining sugar from your teeth. As we have mentioned before, and make no apology for repeating, you should also see the dental hygienist at our Wickford practice to help keep your gums healthy and free from gum disease.
Whatever your level of sugar consumption, everybody needs professional dental care. Our experienced dentists at the Cygnet Dental Practice are here to help you do just that. From a general oral health check through to restorative procedures, whether a minor filling or root canal treatment, our Wickford patients can be sure that they will receive the best possible care.
Appointments can be made at The Cygnet Dental Practice by calling us on 01268 733078.