Supersized drinks ban welcomed by dentists

New York’s decision to ban supersized sugary drinks highlights the threat they can pose to your gums and teeth, warn experts.

NYC sent a message to the world when its mayoral-appointed city health board voted 8-0 (with one abstention) to ban sugary drinks of more than 16oz (one pint).

The ban – proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in May – is aimed at targeting America’s burgeoning obesity problem.

But it will not just be waistlines that benefit from the new ruling.

Sugary drinks exacerbate gingivitis by encouraging the development of plaque.  This leads to oral health problems and has been linked to many other serious conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

A spokesman for the manufacturers of Eludril mouthwash and Elgydium toothpaste said: 'The average non-diet fizzy drink typically contains 12 spoonfuls of sugar so think how much is in every supersized drink.'

Earlier this year a study by the University of California showed that sugar consumption across the world has tripled over the last 50 years.

The university said that sugar had the potential to be as damaging as tobacco or alcohol. Paediatrics Professor Robert Lustig said a major policy shift – such as a sugar tax – would be needed to reduce high levels of consumption.

The oral health experts at Eludril and Elgydium have consistently highlighted the dangers of 'hidden sugars' – not just in fizzy drinks but also in flavoured waters and energy drinks.

They also advise that a straw be used when drinking sugary drinks as there is less direct contact with teeth than when consumed from a glass or cup.

To stop gingivitis, dentists recommend using a medicinal toothpaste such as Elgydium that contains chlorhexidine.

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