Dental Health: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th November 2018.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the government has made of the effect of the (a) sugar tax and (b) ban on energy drinks for people under the age of 16 on improving child dental health.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to improve food labelling to tackle levels of tooth decay.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There has been no specific assessment of the effect of the soft drinks industry levy or ending the sale of energy drinks to children on improving child dental health. These measures, together with other commitments in our childhood obesity plan, will have an impact on reducing sugar intake, a high consumption of which has been associated with a greater risk of tooth decay.

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