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Friday, July 31, 2015

Dental professionals in Milton Keynes back 20 per cent tax on sugary drinkers

Dentists would welcome higher tax on sugary drinksIn Milton Keynes a small-scale community fluoride varnish programme operates out of eight Children’s Centres.
Dental Professionals from CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) - which operates a number of dentists in Milton Keynes - have backed proposals from doctors’ leaders for a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks.

The British Medical Association (BMA) issued the call in its major report - Food for Thought - to tackle the UK’s obesity crisis, but CNWL’s dentists say this will also help tackle long-standing concerns the dental profession has had over the impact of high levels of sugar on dental health.

The report makes a series of recommendations that aim at promoting healthy diets among children and young people, including measures to improve attitudes and knowledge.

Jane Little, Clinical Director for CNWL’s Priority Dental Service (BPDS), said: “We are pleased to hear that the issue of sugar in people’s diets, which dentists have been talking about for many years, has finally become high profile.
"The level of sugar in people’s diets is a big problem for the dental profession as well as causing wider public health problems such as obesity.

“We hope the BMA’s intervention will help to raise awareness and to alter behaviours.”

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