Any emergency dentist in Joondalup will tell you that sugar has a negative effect on oral health. As of yet, though, most of them haven’t proposed a sugar tax to keep people from eating and drinking so much sugar. If recent events in England are any indication, a sugar tax could be coming to Australia someday.
Recently, the British Dental Association (BDA) published a short piece on their website calling a sugar tax a “no brainer” for reducing tooth decay. According to a government study there, it was estimated that a sugar tax could save England over 300 million GBP in the next twenty years.
The call for a sugar tax was not only for improving dental health, but helping to avoid a host of diseases that are caused directly or indirectly by sugar consumption. According to the BDA, soft drinks are the biggest source of sugar in the diets of children from 4-10 years of age and the diets of teenagers.
The BDA believes that a sugar duty would produce the most benefits in areas where there were more children, with savings increasing in areas of higher population. Dental health wasn’t even mentioned in the original study, which cited coronary heart disease, bowel cancer and diabetes as the diseases caused by sugar that cost the most for treatment.
In England, one out of eight children who are three years old suffers from tooth decay. The BDA sees sugary drinks as the main culprit.
What Our Emergency Dentist in Joondalup Think
In Australia, we seem to value our individuality more than they do “over there.” I don’t personally think a sugar duty would go over well here because most Australians don’t really feel we need the government telling us what we can and can’t eat and drink.
In celebration of Dental Health Week, 3-9 August, we are 100% in favour of educating the public as to the effects of sugar on oral health. To learn more or to make an appointment, call(08) 9404 9500 today.