Sugar Tax & You: Will It Help Against Tooth Decay?

Sugar Tax & You - How You Can Fight Tooth Decay

Yesterday’s  budget saw the introduction of a new sugar tax by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Tax of 30 cent per litre on drinks with over eight grams of sugar per 100ml will now be introduced, along with a reduced rate of 20 cent per litre on drinks with between five and eight grams of sugar per 100ml.

These new rates will mirror the rates being introduced in the UK next April, with our sugar tax commencing “at the same time, subject to State Aid approval”.

Both the Irish Dental Association and the Irish Heart Foundation praised the introduction of the new rate, claiming it as a landmark day in the battle against the nation’s growing tooth decay and obesity issues. Mr Donohoe said these rates of tax are consistent with the rates being introduced in the UK in April next year and “our sugar tax will commence at the same time subject to State Aid approval”. The expected added annual revenue from the new sugar tax is expected to be in the region of €40 million.

 

Not A Quick Fix Solution

But the IDA has warned against people assuming the new tax as a ‘quick fix solution’ to the high levels of tooth decay among Irish children. With an estimated half of Ireland’s 12-year-olds suffering from tooth decay and 75% of 15-year-olds suffering from permanent tooth decay, what can you to help prevent tooth decay impacting your daily life…

Beware Of Your Breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the deal, however, it is tempting to opt for something quick and easy like a bowl of cereal. Yet many people don’t realise just how much sugar is packed into your morning cereal, particularly some of your child’s favourites. We recommend always reading the labels of what you’re buying to check just how much sugar is involved and where possible, select a low sugar cereal. Remember, the fuller you are after your breakfast means you’re less likely to snack throughout the day.

 

Eat Fresh Fruit, Avoid Smoothies

Similar to cereal, people often fail to realise how having a smoothie actually increases the amount of sugar you are ingesting. Shop bought smoothies often contain high levels of sugar, whereas blending fruit at home actually releases the sugars, coating your teeth. We suggest you eat fruit whole or brush your teeth after having your morning smoothie.

 

Try Cut Down On Alcohol and Sweets

Alcohol naturally contains sugar,with it accounting for over 11% of the UK’s daily sugar intake, with Ireland showing a similar figure. We recommend moderating your alcohol intake, or where possible to wash it down with water, clearing away the sugar from your teeth and gums.

 

Visit Your Dentist

The easiest way to help combat the impact of tooth decay is by making regular appointments with your dentist. By arranging check-ups every 3-6 months, you stand a far better chance of winning the fight against tooth decay than by simply ignoring the issue. Simple check-ups can help you save money in the long term by avoiding lengthy procedures and ensures that your mouth remains fresh, healthy and sparkling!

Contact us today on (01) 286 3787 or info@thefriendlydentist.ie to arrange your check-up.

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