Archive for September, 2015

The Rise In Decay In Children Due to Sugary Drinks

4th September, 2015

NHS figures  show that more than a quarter of five-year-olds have some degree of tooth decay and in some areas of England it is well over a third with nearly 500 children a week are being admitted to hospital with rotten teeth.

It is now the main reason for youngsters needing hospital treatment and dentists say the culprits are fruit juice and fizzy drinks. Most children need between four and eight of their baby teeth extracted, although some are having all 20 taken out.

Only last month new NHS guidelines urged the public to slash sugar intake to as little as five teaspoons a day over concerns that it is to blame for rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Experts are also worried that sugar is behind an increase in tooth decay in children and could affect their ability to learn.

The NHS says women should limit themselves to between five and six teaspoons of sugar a day and men seven to eight.

Currently, Brits consume an average of 15 teaspoons daily.

A glass of fruit juice has five teaspoons of sugar while Coca-Cola has eight. This would take a person over the limit before even eating.

Separate figures from Public Health England show that 27 per cent of five-year-olds have tooth decay – rising to 35 per cent in the North West.

A spokesman for NHS England said: ‘Parents of young children should discourage them from drinking fizzy drinks.’

Children are free for dental examinations up until the age of 18, Ensure your children are getting their teeth regularly checked to ensure we can monitor and help prevent tooth decay 

Jamie Oliver Petition For Tax On Sugar

Jamie Oliver has launched a petition calling for the Government to implement a sugar tax on unhealthy foods.

The celebrity chef launched his campaign on Sugar Rush, a documentary aired last night that follows Jamie Oliver discovering the detrimental effect sugar can have on our oral and general health, and the British Dental Association (BDA) has backed the launch of the petition, along with calling for more measures such as lowering the recommended daily allowance and taking action on marketing.

‘Britain is addicted to sugar, and we are all paying the price,’ Mick Armstrong, chair of the British Dental Association, said.

‘The Government can’t keep ignoring the advice of scientists and health professionals, and no option, from ad bans to sales taxes, should be left off the table.

‘Jamie Oliver’s new documentary provides a stark reminder of the damage sugar is doing to our mouths and our waistlines.

‘But it also shows what’s possible when professionals, policymakers and parents work together.’