The Australian Dental Association is the peak representative body for the dental profession, and is in support of Jamie Oliver's new documentary called 'Sugar Rush',, which aired last month, and advocates a sugar tax. Sugar is playing a main role in rising global health problems. As well as causing tooth decay, excess sugar has been shown to be as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco, in causing obesity and type 2 diabetes, and foods that are high in sugar should be consumed in moderation. The problem with many snacks is that they are marketed as healthy, and being low in fat, but are actually high in sugar, including dried fruit, biscuits, fruit juice, muesli bars, flavoured popcorn and banana bread.
Tooth decay in children has increased, and more than 50% of six year old children have experienced tooth decay in the baby teeth. Almost half have decay in their permanent teeth by the age of 12.
Mexico 🇲🇽 introduced a 10 per cent tax on sugar sweetened beverages in 2014, which resulted in a 6 per cent decrease in the consumption of sugary drinks. Many dentists and health professionals are of the opinion that broader action taken by industry and the government in decreasing sugar consumption will benefit overall health of citizens.