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. I wouldn’t be shocked if most, or possibly all, people can say they’ve recognised this very same ‘habit’ becoming more and more common in their place of work. We’re talking about the office cake culture.

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 that the effect an increase in sugar has on a person’s’ health, 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 help keep our teeth healthy?

We’re not suggesting that you give up cake for good, we’re all human after all, but perhaps only have a small slice on extra special occasions. Here’s our top tips to resist the sugar:

If you would like to book an appointment for either your child or yourself, please call the Studios on 0207 637 8484. Between the 13th and 25th February we are offering free checkups for children up to the age of 18 as part of our ‘Children’s Week’.

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All appointments must be booked in advance. T&C’s apply.