The New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) supports Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to restrict sales of oversized sugary drinks. This proposal falls in line with NYSDA’s longstanding position that sugary beverages like sodas, juices, and sports drinks pose a threat to oral health. NYSDA has supported bills in the NY State legislature (link to legislative memo) that impose a tax surcharge on certain beverage products, including fruit drinks that contain less than 70 percent natural fruit juice.
Numerous studies have found that increased intake of sugar sweetened beverages is associated not only with increased weight gain and obesity, but with dental disease. That is why NYSDA continues to support legislative efforts to curb the overuse of sugary beverages as a means to improve the oral health of all New Yorkers.