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Researchers Trying to Prevent Tooth Damage By Limiting Sugar Consumption

Researchers Trying to Prevent Tooth Damage By Limiting Sugar Consumption
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Kids love sugar on Christmas day just as much as they do on any other day of the year. Yet candy and perhaps surprisingly, sugary drinks, are extremely damaging to children’s teeth.

Despite how delicious many of these sugary treats and drinks are, they cause serious damage to the tooth enamel. Craig Daily Press reports that sugar is unhealthy in all forms, but not all forms of sugar are in fact equal.

“Any form of sugar that is acidic is the worst, including soft drinks,” said Dr. Hank Salyer, who works for A Kidz Dentist. “Mountain Dew is the worst, and Gatorade, Powerade [sports drinks] have almost the same sugar and acidity as the Mountain Dew.”

Although sports drinks are harmful to children’s teeth, researchers have found that energy drinks like Rockstar, Red Bull, and Monster are much worse. Exposure to sugary energy drinks resulted in twice as much enamel loss as their sport drink counterparts.

According to ITV News, Britain could soon be experimenting with a sugar tax, that would subsequently result in in thousands of fewer children and adults with teeth problems and obesity issues.

The law is expected to be intruded in 2018, and could result in lessening the yearly reduction of individuals affected by tooth decay by 269,000, 144,000 fewer obesity cases, and 19,000 fewer cases of Type 2 diabetes every year.

“The extent of the health benefits of the tax will depend on industry’s response,” said Dr. Adam Briggs of Oxford University, leader of the sugar tax study. “We must therefore be vigilant to ensure the food industry acts to remove sugar from soft drinks, and that where the tax is passed on to consumers it increases the price of targeted products only – drinks with high levels of sugar.”

If this sugar tax proves effective in the U.K., the U.S. could soon follow suit and implement more laws to prevent the destruction of children’s teeth and other health issues.