Dental patients are being urged to download Public Health England’s free ‘Sugar Smart’ app, which will help combat tooth decay.
The app is being launched as part of Public Health England’s (PHE’s) Change4life health programme, and it works by scanning barcodes and revealing the total sugar cubes or grams in food and drinks.
Parents are also being urged to download the app and it is hoped it will help to combat obesity and type two diabetes along with tooth decay by encouraging families and patients to make healthier choices.
‘There are too many hidden sugars in food and drink today, including many purporting to be “healthy”,’ Claire Stevens, a paediatric dental consultant and a mother of two young children said.
‘We hope the new Sugar Smart resources and app will empower parents and their children to investigate for themselves so that sugar consumption can be radically reduced.
‘But families on their own can’t make a difference – everyone needs to get on board.
‘For a start, it’s time that the Government responded to the excellent recommendations made by Public Health England in its report: Sugar Reduction: the evidence for action.
‘We are glad to know that some supermarkets and manufacturers are co-operating with the Sugar Smart campaign, but they all need to work hard to improve food labelling too.’