A quarter of five-year-olds suffer from tooth decay


By Lidia Trifonova

A quarter of five-year-olds have tooth decay according to newly released data from Public Health England (PHE).

Despite a decline in the number of children who suffer from tooth decay, almost 25% start school with the condition, which is preventable.

This data comes in a few months after Chancellor George Osborne revealed the sugar tax as part of the Budget.

The sugar tax will cover the soft drinks industry, excluding fruit and milk-based drinks, and will be implemented in two years’ time.

The idea is that the levy targets the manufacturers, not the consumers, however there is nothing to stop companies from simply raising the prices of their products to cover the levy, instead of lowering the sugar amounts in their beverages.

We asked University of Sheffield students if they think the sugar tax will help reduce the percentage of children, who have tooth decay.

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