You may have heard about it on the radio recently or perhaps you noticed when it took the top spot on BBC News’ health section? We’re talking about the habit that seems to be creeping into workplaces all over the UK, recently branded ‘The Office Cake Culture’. Put quite simply, this is when the office is rewarded on a very regular occasion with sweet, sugary treats such as cake. Now we understand that a little cake is fine, everything in moderation of course, however this blog is referring to those who indulge on a weekly occasion for almost made up reasons, for example: “it’s half way through the week, let’s get a cake to keep us going”.
Statistics show that obesity levels are on the rise. An example of this is the proportion of men in the UK who are medically categorised as obese which rose from 13.2% in 1993 to 26.9% in 2015 with women’s statistics showing the a similar increase also. It is thought that an increase in the levels of sugary food is partially to blame for this.
Although last year’s statistics are yet to be released, we are concerned about the effect this increase in sugar has on a person’s well being, including their oral health. Most people will know that too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, but it’s actually what happens once you consume sugar that causes the damage. Unfortunately there are certain harmful bacterias that feed on the sugars in your mouth and create acids that attack and destroy your tooth enamel (the protective outer layer of your tooth). These can lead to cavities which, if left untreated, could result in tooth loss.
So how can we reduce the amount of sugar we consume and, in doing so, work towards achieving and maintaining a good level of oral health? We’re not suggesting that you give up cake for good, we’re all human after all, but perhaps limit it to extra special occasions. You can also make a few simple food swaps to reduce the amount of sugar you consume:
Fizzy drinks -> water, milk or sugar free juice
Sugary cereal -> plain cereal or porridge
Flavoured yogurts -> plain yogurt with a little fruit
Biscuits -> rice cakes with oil-free peanut butter or cheese spread
Chilled desserts -> sugar free jelly
There’s lots of low-sugar alternatives to the nation’s favourite treats available, so you needn’t miss out. It’s also a good idea to attend regular hygiene appointments with your hygienist or dentist to remove plaque build up and help you to maintain a good level of oral hygiene. We would recommend that you attend a hygiene appointment every 3-6 months depending on your current level of oral hygiene and habits. To book your appointment please call New Road Dental on 01527 872 528. We look forward to seeing you soon.