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A cup of sugar to go anyone?

Corona Virus – Dental Update

Issue Date: 15/6/2020

Dear All

Life Dental & Wellbeing is now open.

We are not running at full capacity yet as we are phasing our return to the new normal so please be patient if you are struggling to get through to us or waiting to hear back from you about an appointment. As expected, the way we operate will be a bit different but please do be reassured that we will continue to look after you and your oral health in a safe clinical environment.

If you have a dental appointment in the coming weeks we will be contacting you the day before to talk through the appointment procedure and ensure that you are happy to attend.

If you have a dental emergency please call the practice during normal working hours and we will endeavour to help you, however please be aware that there are some restrictions on the treatments we can undertake during the current Alert Status. Outside normal working hours and at weekends or on Bank Holidays please call the practice for further information that will guide you through the Out of Hours service.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ben Pearson and the team 


Sugar in fizzy drinks

Some time ago you may recall that I blogged about how much sugar can be found in fizzy drinks.

The latest reports find that dangerously high levels of sugar have been found in some out our best loved high street cafe hot drinks.

The Action on Sugar charity analysed 131 hot flavoured drinks and found 98% of them had red nutritional value labels. A third of the drinks contained the same amount of sugar or more than Coca-Cola (which at only 9 teaspoons per can) appear positively saintly!!

So which are the culprits?

It’s your mochas, lattes, hot fruit drinks and hot chocolates.

Stay away from Starbucks ‘venti’ (561ml) Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Hot Mulled Fruit that had a staggering 25 teaspoons of sugar in it and Costa’s large drink-in Chai Latte didn’t fair much better with 20 teaspoons of sugar. Oh, and Starbuck’s large White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream has 18 spoonfuls, KFC’s mocha and Starbuck’s Signature Hot Chocolate had 15 spoonfuls and Cafe Nero’s drink in Caramelatte had 13.

Just imagine trying to eat that much sugar in one go - you just wouldn’t do it would you?

The suggestion by Prof Graham MacGregor chairman of Action on Sugar is to have a plain hot drink or ask for the drink to contain a minimal amount of syrup preferably sugar free in the smallest serving available.

Better still support your local coffee shop – we love The Exploding Bakery across the road from us – they’re finalists in the Exeter Living Awards as are we – more about that next time!

Bryony Gibbons
Bryony Gibbons
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