Mr Molar’s Sugar Challenge – CFD Harrogate
Date: 13 August 2018 Category: Practice News
Meet Mr Molar and help him decide how much sugar is in your favourite drinks.
On Tuesday 21st August from 1.30pm, CFD Harrogate will be joined by Mr Molar who will be asking you to help him decide how much sugar is in your favourite drinks.
Sugar and our smiles
We all know that what we put in our mouths has an impact on our health. Consuming junk food and drink such as fizzy pop, takeaways, fried foods and treats with high sugar content on a regular basis may cause problems such as obesity, which could then lead to further problems such as diabetes and heart disease (Source: NHS). But do we ever consider – before picking up the phone to order another take-away complete with litre bottle of fizzy drink – what impact eating junk food may have on our smiles?
Overeating junk foods and foods with a high sugar content can effect your smile in different ways:
- The high sugar content in treats such as fizzy pop; chocolate and sweets can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. This is caused by the bacteria on your teeth feeding off the sugar and producing an acid which erodes your enamel. It can take up to 40 minutes for this acid and it’s effects to clear, so consuming sugary goods throughout the day will lead to repeated acid attacks on the teeth. To find out more about acid erosion, read our blog all about pH levels in the mouth.
- Those with diabetes have to be extra careful with their oral health as there are strong links to the disease and periodontitis. One of the reasons for this, according to Diabetes.co.uk is ‘Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause levels of glucose to rise in the saliva and this creates a breeding ground for bacteria, increasing the risk of gum disease and dental decay’. If you do have diabetes it’s key to inform your dentist and see them for regular check ups
- Enjoying indulgences such as red wine, a latte or a curry on the regular could lead to stains on your teeth which might effect how bright your smile is. We offer an Airflow polishing treatment which aims to remove surface stains from your teeth- find out more here.
With the recent sugar tax affecting the price of fizzy drinks, we thought that it would be interesting to see how much sugar you think is hidden in your favourite beverages compared to what you are actually consuming. So join the CFD Harrogate team, and special guest Mr Molar, to find out just how much sugar you’re drinking on a daily basis!
Mr Molar and the CFD team will also be handing out free goodie bags and be available to chat about dental appointments and oral health. The team at CFD Harrogate encourage positive interactions and experiences for children at a young age (and indeed people of all ages) to prevent dental phobia in later life. The earlier routine check-ups begin for children then the more routine visiting the dentist will become. CFD also offer free check-ups for under 11s with a registered and regular attending adult.
Being ‘afraid of the dentist’ can mean different things for different people. Common signs include feelings of embarrassment, having negative thoughts about the outcome, feeling something may go wrong, sweaty hands, feeling tense and butterflies in the stomach. When was the last time you visited the dentist? Have you been putting off your next check-up? For many of our anxious patients, the first step towards overcoming their fears is walking through our doors in Sainsbury’s. It’s important to take that initial first step, so have a chat with our friendly team to get the ball rolling. We can help support you with the rest!
On Tuesday 21st August we will be holding our sugar activity with the help of Mr Molar where you’ll be able to grab some free samples and a fun goodie bag for children! As well as getting any of your questions answered. Even if it’s just a chance to familiarise yourself with the team or practice, we will be looking forward to meeting you. For more information about this free event, or about Centre for Dentistry, please call 01423 298002 or email Harrogate@centrefordentistry.com.