Monthly Archives: March 2016

Update: Companies Consider UK Sugar Tax Challenge

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UK Sugar tax challenge

Soft drink companies may be mounting a UK Sugar Tax challenge. Announced as part of George Osborne’s budget, a Sugar Tax is proposed to take effect in 2018 in an effort to tackle rising rates of obesity and poor dental health.

Representatives from large manufacturers such as Britvic, Coca Cola and AG Barr are currently undertaking discussions with the government. This is in an attempt to avoid a long and expensive legal battle.

Such legal actions have been successful in both Denmark and Finland, where manufacturers argued that their products were being singled out unfairly in comparison to products such as fruit juices. Fruit juices and even milkshakes can often have a comparably high sugar level with soft drinks.

A UK Sugar Tax challenge from soft drink manufacturers was to be expected. Large global companies have a track record in challenging any risk to their profit margins. These profits also allow them to run long legal campaigns, which governments often do not have the time or funds to fight. Whether the Westminster government can push the tax through despite the legal and fiscal power of these companies is an ongoing story which we will keep an eye on.

Sugar Tax: Soft Drink Giants to Sue Government [via the Week]

Government Announces 2018 UK Sugar Tax

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2018 UK Sugar Tax

Big news today as Chancellor George Osborne has announced a 2018 UK Sugar Tax. We asked just over a month ago whether it was time for a UK Sugar Tax, and it now appears that the Westminster government agrees with the many campaigners, experts and organisations that a tax on sugary drinks should be introduced.

Soft drinks are being targeted as they often consumed on a daily basis and are seen of less of a luxury item than cake or chocolate. They are also excessively high in sugar, with some products containing up to nine teaspoons of sugar. An average fizzy drink can contain as much as a third of child’s daily sugar, and they are currently teenager’s number one source of sugar intake.

For adults and children alike, sugar is a main contributor to the obesity epidemic, and a huge factor in tooth decay and poor oral health.

There may be challenges by the soft drinks industry to the government’s plans as 2018 approaches, but this announcement shows that serious action is needed.

Sugar Tax: How Will it Work? [via The BBC]

What Causes Discoloured and Stained Teeth

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Discoloured and Stained Teeth

Knowing what causes discoloured and stained teeth helps to keep your smile whiter for longer. You are also highly encouraged to avoid staining consumables if you have had teeth implants, teeth whitening, or significant cosmetic dentistry work. If you’ve noticed your teeth becoming discoloured, or have just had a cosmetic dental procedure, then bear in mind the following elements which cause discoloured and stained teeth:

Age – Enamel on teeth wears down with age. Erosion can lead to crevices where stains and discolouration can occur. A good dental care routine can help slow down the erosion process, but if the problem with discoloured and stained teeth persists and even gets worse, then restorative dental procedures such as enamel restoration or implants could be a consideration.

Smoking – As we pointed out previously, not only is smoking a main cause of bad breath, it can also stain teeth. Along with the health benefits, quitting smoking gives your teeth a break from exposure to a discolouring habit, as well as being a benefit to the rest of your body

Food – Berries (including cherries), beetroot, curries, tomato sauces and pickles are either acidic or staining. If you can’t live without blueberries or borscht, then rinse your mouth with water shortly after eating them.

Drink – Tea, coffee (both especially when drunk without milk), red wine and acidic fruit and fizzy drinks are full of staining tannins and also acidic, which affects the integrity of your teeth’s enamel. White wine is not as bad for discolouration, but contains an equally damaging amount of acid.

Condiments – Ketchup, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar are either acidic or highly staining. If it stains fabric, then it can stain your teeth!

Artifical and natural colours – It may seem obvious, but colourings in food and drink are often overlooked. Especially bad for causing discoloured and stained teeth are products like sweets (if it turns your tongue an unnatural colour, your teeth are equally at risk) and frozen ice products. If it had added colours, then they could end up on your teeth.

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