Sunday 4 December 2016

Sugar tax alone will not cut tooth decay- Irish dentists

Published 21/04/2016 | 11:11

A sugar tax will not provide “a miraculous quick fix solution” to the chronic levels of tooth decay in children, dentists have warned.
A sugar tax will not provide “a miraculous quick fix solution” to the chronic levels of tooth decay in children, dentists have warned.

A sugar tax will not provide “a miraculous quick fix solution” to the chronic levels of tooth decay in children, dentists have warned.

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Anne Twomey, outgoing President of the Irish Dental Association ,which holds its annual conference today, said  it supports limiting intake of sugar in food and drink but more actions are needed.

“Studies show that half of all Irish 12 year olds and 75pc of all 15 year olds have some decay in their permanent teeth. Recently the British Chancellor George Osborne announced plans to introduce a ‘sugar tax’ on producers of sugar-added soft drinks over the next two years. The  revenue will be used to fund sports programmes in schools.

The focus here should be on encouraging people to cut down  on consumption of high sugar content drinks and food  rather than how much they cost.

“The best approach to this issue is through a coordinated programme of education and promotion in tandem with an effective school screening programme at junior infant level or even via free dental care for the under sixes.” Labels should have with sugar warnings.

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