The Guardian recently published a very interesting article on the Sugar Tax that came into force this month. The statistics of children suffering from the consequences of incredibly high-sugar diets continue to make for depressing reading. Some of the facts the article states, according to Public Health England, are that:
- Every single day, 141 children have teeth extracted in a hospital environment…
- Which is the equivalent to a child having a tooth pulled out every 10 minutes.
- Decayed teeth is, in fact, the most common cause for a child aged 5 to 9 to be hospitalised.
- The time these children spend in hospital adds up to
over 60,000 missed days of school time, each year.
- At a cost of £3.4bn for the NHS per year!
The number-one cause of all of this decay is sugar-sweetened soft drinks. This is not just limited to the fizzy culprits that are so often discussed in the media, but other long-term offenders such as Ribena, or Fruit Shoots, or fruit juices like Tropicana.
Any drink with over 5g of sugar per 100ml are now subject to the new tax and have to pay a penalty of 18p per litre (those with higher levels, of over 8g are expected to pay 24p per litre).
This new legislation is undeniably a favourable move in the fight against childhood obesity and definitely a commendable step in the direction of improving children’s dental health in this country.
Many however, are complaining that this tax does not go far enough to penalize the manufacturers of such high-sugar products, nor will the slight increase in price do enough to put off consumers.
PHE suggests families should look at the advice on the Change4Life website on swapping to low fat milky drinks, water and low sugar drinks. Fruit juice and smoothies should be limited to 150ml a day. They may appear healthy but contain large amounts of natural sugars.
Experts, such as Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GP’s, have also championed the importance of family doctors in the fight against sugar. She encourages GP’s to not only explain more carefully the risks of high-sugar diets, but to offer patients simple, achievable alternatives, or at least point them in the direction of more information or help.
You dentist also plays a huge role in helping you and your family find alternatives to high-sugar foods and drinks. The more information you can give them about your lifestyle and dietary choices, the most tailored their advice can be and hopefully, the more manageable the changes for you.
Let’s hope the future only holds good things for the fight against sugar and the improvement of our children’s’ oral health!
It’s hard to avoid the recent conversation about the changes to the law regarding Data Protection. The new legislation has such far-reaching consequences that not many businesses or industries remain unaffected.
The way companies use your contact details will soon be in your hands, which we think can only be a good thing! It means that you can reduce the chances of being hounded by unwanted marketing tactics.
What is GDPR?
On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced across Europe, including the UK. The law aims to give citizens more control over their data and to create a uniformity of rules to enforce across the continent.
How does it affect you?
You may begin to notice some differences in how businesses and organisations communicate with you. Privacy notices will be more transparent, consumer rights will be upheld and publicised, and news about any data breaches will travel faster and be harder for illicit businesses to cover up. (It may in fact seem that data is less secure after the change, simply because the volume of news on it will increase!)
We love to stay in touch with our patients and keep you up to date with our news via our email newsletters, however we, along with many many of the other businesses you interact with, will be asking for your active consent in order to communicate with you for any other purposes besides your regular appointment reminders, or any notifications regarding your appointments. Keep an eye out for an email over the coming months, asking for you to ‘opt in’ should you wish to continue hearing from us.
If you have any concerns about your data, or any questions about the way in which we will communicate with you following the introduction of GDPR, please do contact us on 01428 723179.
A huge thank you to all of our entrants for the Design a Bookmark competition!
We had a lovely time looking at them all and deciding on our winners was an unenviable task…but luckily one we could pass over to the marketing and design experts at Mzuri Design!
After much deliberation and head-scratching we were presented with the two winners, from Florence Lilley and Cecilia Langley (see their amazing designs below!)
Thank you both so much Florence and Cecilia for your beautiful drawings, we are very proud to include your bookmarks in the ‘goody bags’ we give out to the children who attend the practice (and all of the team at Oak Lodge have taken one home to use too!)