A sweet kind of tax

Last week, a tax on sugary drinks was unveiled in the Budget.

The sugar tax was welcomed by well-known names such as Jamie Oliver, who has been campaigning for such a move.

From a dental perspective, it goes without saying that a regular high-sugar diet will also be detrimental to peoples’ teeth and their general oral health.

And for children who may instantly opt for a fizzy drink out of habit, it is especially important to educate them from a young age about how to look after their teeth and get them used to visiting the dentist.

Often, it is this early intervention that can help prevent problems of decay later in life and minimise the need for fillings or extractions.

Many parents ask for my advice about how they can get their kids more interested in looking after their teeth. I always find that those who encourage their children to have a go at brushing their own teeth – rather than having it done for them – get into the habit far easier and it becomes a natural part of their daily routine.