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Why you shouldn't reach for the sugary drinks when the sun is out!

how to be sugar smart in the sun

We all know that sugar is bad for for our teeth but how tempting it is to reach for a sugary drink during this hot weather. However it's worth bearing in mind that sugar is having a far greater harmful effect on our bodies than we realise, it affects our metabolism and contributes to all sorts of diseases.

Here are 10 disturbing reasons why you should avoid added sugar like the plague:

  1. Sugar contains a lot of calories, with no essential nutrients. It also causes tooth decay by feeding the harmful bacteria in the mouth.
  2. For people who are inactive and eat a Western diet, large amounts of fructose from added sugars get turned into fat in the liver.
  3. Excess fructose gets turned into fat, which can lodge in the liver and cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  4. When people eat a lot of sugar it can cause resistance to the hormone insulin, which can contribute to many diseases.
  5. Because of the harmful effects of sugar on the function of insulin, it is a leading driver of type II diabetes.
  6. There is considerable evidence that sugar (due to its harmful effects on our metabolism) can contribute to cancer.
  7. Fructose doesn’t lower the hunger hormone nearly as much as glucose.
  8. Because sugar causes a large release of dopamine in the brain, it can cause addiction in a lot of people.
  9. Because of the effects of sugar on hormones and the brain, sugar dramatically increases the risk of becoming overweight or obese.
  10. Sugar raises your cholesterol and gives you heart disease.

With this in mind perhaps it is not surprising that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reduced the recommended daily consumption of sugar from 50g to 25g. That is only 5 teaspoons per day and one can of regular Coke has 7 spoonfuls in it.

If you want to live a longer life with more of your own teeth - and who wouldn’t? Why not start by checking what's in the food you're eating and what it is you're drinking. Just a few minutes checking your food labels and choosing a glass of water could add years to your life.

Stay sugar smart this summer with Life Dental & Wellbeing

Bryony Gibbons
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Corona Virus – Dental Update

Issue Date: 24/03/2020

On advice from the Government the practice is now closed for all routine work. 

Patients requiring urgent dental care can access this by phoning the practice between 9-11.00am each week day morning, after which one of our dentists will contact you directly to discuss what arrangements can be made to alleviate your problem. Please note that this service is for patients experiencing significant dental pain or trauma /symptom free broken fillings will not normally be deemed as requiring urgent dental care. We are happy to help non registered patients on a private fee basis. 

Outside these hours and at weekends or bank holidays please call the practice for further information that will guide you to our out of hours service. 

For patients with routine dental care we will be contacting you to rearrange your appointments on a rolling basis. Due to the unpredictable nature of what we are facing please accept our apologies if your appointment has to be pushed forward repeatedly. 

We thank you for your understanding at this difficult time and will endeavour to be look after you to the best of our ability. 

Many thanks and keep safe 

Ben Pearson and the Team