The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) welcomes Tesco’s plans to remove all added sugar from its own-label children’s drinks and cut sugar levels across all of its own-label fizzy drinks. A progressive reduction in the sugar content of food and drinks represents the most effective way to help tackle obesity and dental caries in children and young adults.
The FGDP(UK), the professional body for primary care dentists, has supported Action on Sugar’s campaign to reduce sugar levels in the UK to less than 5% of total energy intake by working with food manufacturers and suppliers. This echoes advice given to the English Government by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) in its June 2014 draft report on carbohydrates and health. The Faculty has also helped to inform Public Health England’s plans to reduce dietary sugar.
Dr Paul Batchelor, Vice Dean Elect of the FGDP(UK) and an Advisor in Dental Public Health, says, “This is a positive step by a major food supplier in efforts to deal with the growing problem of obesity and dental caries in the UK population. Tooth decay remains a significant health concern in the UK and it is imperative that we work to achieve consensus on dietary sugar reduction. The plans announced by Tesco today, together with similar initiatives from other supermarkets, mark a step towards helping to reduce morbidity and the burden of disease in the UK. We encourage all producers to act together in bringing about the urgent changes needed in the formulation of food and drink, and we would expect to see further initiatives after the SACN publishes its final recommendations later this year.”
The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) is a nationally recognised body that represents over 4,000 Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists across the UK and beyond.
BSDHT maintain an on-going dialogue with the General Dental Council (GDC), the Departments of Health and all of the main groups representing dental care professionals, and attends meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry, bringing dental hygiene and therapy to the attention of government ministers and MP’s.
Visit www.bsdht.org.uk for more information.
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