The Local Government Association has reported today that the cost of removing decayed teeth in children has jumped 61% in the last five years – rising to more than £35 million a year. The data shows that every day there are over 100 operations to remove decayed teeth in children and teenagers in England alone.
One solution to this problem is to encourage tap water as the default choice of hydration for the younger generations, moving them away from unhealthy sugary alternatives.
Sugary drinks can often look and taste fairly innocent, but the NHS suggests that soft drinks make up 40% of the average teenager’s sugar intake.
Water UK has recently launched a new blog, which has discussed the health benefits of tap water in greater detail; considering what drives the public’s hydration choices, as well as explaining the healthy contents of UK tap water.