Dentist visit amid sugar tax debate

Rainbow Nursery visit Spire Dentists Long Sutton'Back - Tracey Sheanon, Karen Taplin, Sam Wright. ANL-140620-160320001
Rainbow Nursery visit Spire Dentists Long Sutton'Back - Tracey Sheanon, Karen Taplin, Sam Wright. ANL-140620-160320001
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Following Public Health England’s call on Thursday for a drastic reduction in the public’s sugar intake, the government is considering implementing a sugar tax on fizzy drinks.

While the health agency suggests only around five per cent of a person’s daily calorie intake should come from sugar, a 330ml can of pop can contain a whopping seven teaspoons of the white stuff.

When we raised the issue of the sugar tax on our Facebook page, most local people were strongly against the proposition.

Ken Bridges said: “For God’s sake, who sits there thinking of this rubbish? Tax this, tax that, is that all the government think about?”

The suggestion of the tax came just one week after ITV News reported that hundreds of children are having their teeth extracted as the result of sweet beverages.

While this may be the case, dental surgeries such as Spire Dental in Long Sutton are attempting to change things.

Last week, children from Long Sutton Primary School and Rainbow Nursery visited the dental office to give them the opportunity to try out masks, gloves and the dental chair, and to learn about the importance of good oral hygeine.

A representative from Spire Dental said: “Visits like this are extrememly important because children need to become comfortable at the dentists.”