Dental health could suffer ‘if chewing gum tax imposed’
A new tax on chewing gum could increase the amount of people who have to receive cosmetic dentistry in the UK, it has been suggested.
Conducted by Saga, a study found that many people over the age of 50 are keen for the government to impose a tax on chewing gum to help fund a clean-up operation on the streets of Britain.
However, Dentistry.co.uk explains this could have a negative impact on the nation’s oral health.
The benefits of chewing sugarfree gum are recognised by the British Dental Association and dentists advocate it as a way of fighting tooth decay.
The news provider quotes the British Dental Health Foundation as stating: “Chewing gum makes your mouth produce more saliva, which in turn cancels out the acid produced in your mouth after drinking and eating.”
It seems as though some people in Scotland could benefit from using chewing gum, as a study recently conducted by Implantium Network found those living north of the border have the greatest number of missing teeth in the UK.