All schools in London should be sugar-free by 2022 - that's the main recommendation from the London Assembly, in a new report addressing dental health.
The study says more than a quarter of 5 year olds in London are suffering from tooth decay, and that by the age of 12, a third are embarrassed to smile or laugh because of the condition of their teeth.
The Chair of the Health Committee, Dr Onkar Sahota, said:
“Research in recent years has told us just how dangerous excess sugar is in our diet. “Tooth decay and diabetes are just some of the many negative outcomes if precautions are not taken.
“Schools are the centre of a child’s education and a commitment to sugar-freedom would be revolutionary. Every child in London could have a sugar-free start in life – the health benefits would be enormous.
“The Mayor has the clout to encourage families and schools to make sure London children see dentists as early as possible, be part of a supervised brushing scheme and keep sugar to a minimum.”