UK Sugar Tax 2018 – Good or bad?

What is the Sugar Tax?

In an attempt to curb the alarming rise in cases of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, the former chancellor George Osborne made an announcement of sugar tax in the year 2016. He felt that imposing a tax on fizzy drinks was a constructive method to bring down the sugar consumption of the citizens of UK. It become effective on 6th of April, 2018.

The tax was place on products like Coca-cola, Red Bull and their fizzy drinks that contain a quantity of more than 5g of sugar per 100ml. It was estimated that this will raise about £520 million annually for Sports funds in primary schools.  

So, how beneficial will this tax actually be?

Countries like Mexico and Hungary placed a sugar tax as early as 2011 and found there to be promising results. Sales of items that had the sugar tax imposed on them went down 5% in the first year and 7% in the second year. And this is thought to only increase further. Whether this will have a lasting effect on obesity and diabetes is something that will become more evident in the years to follow. 

Sugar Impact on Dental Health

The tooth decay occurs when by the bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria produces acids that dissolve and damage teeth. Fizzy drinks have a high level of sugar and acid in them which leads to the decay and erosion of the tooth. It is the acid in the sugary, fizzy drinks that leads to the erosion of tooth enamel. This loss of enamel leads to cavities and decay, making the tooth sensitive. Get instant advice About Oral Health Treatments to deal with the impact sugar has on dental health.

Why increased sugar tax would benefit your teeth?

It is hoped that in the long run the implementation of sugar tax will cause people to rethink their choices when it comes to picking a quick lunch time drink. Thus, it is hoped that this causes a ripple effect and has the manufacturing companies rethinking how they produce their drinks. 

Education and exposure to the effects that sugar has on oral health is the only way to start the conversation on good oral health and how what you eat can affect this. 

Also read – Early Childhood Tooth Decay