Too many sweet treats?

13th April 2022 | Posted by: Vanessa Giraud

Sweet choices

The sweet treats of Easter! Lots of sugar-laden ‘goodies’ ranging from beautifully wrapped eggs to seasonal shaped chocolates. Often lots of chocolates, many with sticky fillings.

In the UK we love our festive chocolate! But we’re not alone. Many celebrations all around the world also include sweet delicacies of one kind or another. And it’s okay if it’s a special occasion.

But let’s be clear about this: Sweet treats should not become an everyday snack!

child eating cucumber instead of sweet treats

Why do we love sugar?

It could be that our love for sugar is part of our evolutionary inheritance, and that a sweet tooth helped survival. Our bodies break down sugar into glucose and fructose. Glucose from ripe fruit gave hunter-gatherers a quick energy boost. And the fructose helped store fat. Both helped our ancestors to survive. Moreover, as sugar triggers a dopamine boost too, sugar addiction could well be one of our inherited predispositions. It’s an interesting theory and goes some way to explaining why we love sugar, even if we know it’s not good for us.

These days, however, the modern-day marketing of consumables that are easy to eat and drink on the move or when we feel we’re too busy to prepare food from scratch, has increased sugar consumption.

In our modern world, sugar continues to boost our energy but it’s portion control that is the problem. Too much is damaging to our health and our oral health. With media focus on rising levels of obesity, we are advised that sugar should only be a ‘treat’, taken in small quantities at meal times.

The government recommends that free sugars – sugars added to food or drinks, and sugars found naturally in honey, syrups, and unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and purées – should not make up more than 5% of the energy (calories) you get from food and drink each day.

This means:

  • Adults should have no more than 30g of free sugars a day, (roughly equivalent to 7 sugar cubes).
  • Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 24g of free sugars a day (6 sugar cubes).
  • Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 19g of free sugars a day (5 sugar cubes).
  • There’s no guideline limit for children under the age of 4, but it’s recommended they avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and food with sugar added to it.

Sugar: The Facts NHS website

Sweet things we don’t notice

Many products include sugar we don’t really know about. When we eat our breakfast cereal, or open a can of soup or drink from a packet of something that could be orange juice, we are most likely taking in sugar we don’t need. We’ve all heard about ‘hidden’ sugars, but how much attention should we pay to them?

The answer is – more than we probably do! Certainly, we may notice the ‘no added sugar’ tag, and opt for that choice. But does it mean it’s sugar free? Only reading the very small print will help you to find out. Other products that we think of as savoury, such as soup and bread, may even contain added  sugar.

What can we do?

To protect ourselves, we should be reading the labels on the food we buy.

For example, compare these two labels from Easter eggs from two leading companies.

The Cadbury Dairy Milk egg has 4g / 100g less sugar than the Nestle Aero egg.

The advice on the Aero egg is spot on though.

“Know your servings.”

“Share or save your chocolate egg.”

Why don’t dentist’s love sugar?

Modern dentistry is committed to preventive dentistry. We want children to keep their healthy teeth for life. Modern dental health care products (toothpastes, mouth wash, and floss) all help to prevent tooth decay.

For both children and adults, a routine examination at the dentists is a way to check for early predictors of dental decay.

Sweet treats: Are they worth it?





SpaDental Glastonbury patient appreciation

A Pleasant Experience @ Spa Dental Glastonbury "Friendly staff. This was my first visit to this dental practice and found the staff very friendly and reassuring. I had an initial assessment by the therapist who did an assessment prior to my next appointment. He was very good and explained carefully the treatment I needed in a professional manner! Overall I was impressed by the whole experience." "I went in today for a tooth extraction, my…

More Testimonials

Top Class Dentistry at SpaDental Whitchurch

"Better than you could ever imagine - As always everyone involved with Spadental treats you with respect and dignity. Happy to have a friendly chat and always seem genuinely interested. I always leave the practice feeling happy- which might seem strange after just having dental treatment but that's the affect all the team always seem to have on me. Arranged a follow up appointment the very next day, as a cancellation had just come in.…

More Testimonials

SpaDental Chard - patients' compliments

"Lovely staff - I have been with you for 17 years and I am still coming to you. Every one is so helpful and always talks to you." LE Thank you for your reviews The staff at SpaDental Chard feel proud to read your reviews. Your lovely comments, and  your good opinion mean a lot to us. We appreciate the time and thought you put into writing about how your visit to the dentist went.…

More Testimonials

SpaDental Chard - thank you for your kind support

It hasn't been an easy year, but our patients have been so understanding. Thank you all so very much for your kind support and the lovely feedback we've received. Your kind support is very motivating It means a lot to the SpaDental Chard team to read your feedback. Your feedback is important to us as it helps us work on continual improvement of our services. Our sincere thanks to all of you have taken the…

More Testimonials

SpaDental Whitchurch - your understanding is appreciated!

We've been catching up with our patients to find out how their treatment has been over the last months. This has been such a hard year for many of us, personally and professionally, and access to dental care has been affected in many ways by the pandemic. We'd really like to take this opportunity, therefore, to thank you for your understanding. We know that you have had to cope with cancellations and changes to our…

More Testimonials

SpaDental Tewkesbury reviews - thank you!

With the ups and downs of the last year, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our patients for your support and understanding. Your thoughtfulness is reflected in the considerate comments we've received in response to our request for feedback. We truly appreciate your kind thoughts. Thank you from all of us for your lovely reviews of SpaDental Tewkesbury. A selection of your reviews: "The service during the last few months has…

More Testimonials

SpaDental Whitchurch dentist "kind and gentle"

SpaDental Whitchurch dentist is accepting new private patients. A new patient testimonial After the closure of my local dentist in Whitchurch I telephoned Spa Dental who made me an appointment. Unfortunately I had an abscess on my tooth before my appointment date, for which I was given an emergency appointment.   I am a very nervous patient and it took a long time to build confidence with my old dentist , therefore my nerves were bad and I…

More Testimonials

Plymouth dentists "excellent care" and "professional service"

Kind words from our patients mean a lot to us. Thank you! We're very happy to read reviews that commend the  Plymouth team and the dentists "excellent care" and "professional service". Recent patient reviews commend our excellent care: "In safe and caring hands - Without exception the treatment I have received has been outstanding. From the reception staff through each of the individuals involved, their focus is on you and you're fully involved in any…

More Testimonials

Fantastic Saltash patient reviews - thank you!

We very much enjoyed reading the lovely Saltash patient reviews we've received in response to our recent request for feedback. On behalf of all the staff, thank you so much for your lovely comments. We sincerely appreciate your kind words, and will also use your recommendations in our planning. SpaDental considers your review comments carefully. We read them all, and use the information we gather to guide our practice so we can keep on improving…

More Testimonials

Thank you for SpaDental Chard patient reviews

A very appreciative thank you to our patients from the clinicians and staff at SpaDental Chard. It has been a pleasure reading your comments because if our patients are happy, then we're happy. Feedback about the team and treatment from SpaDental Chard reviews "Everyone in the practice is efficient, professional and knowledgeable." - HCG  "5 Star Dental Care - Being in the centre of Chard, [the SpaDental] surgery is easily accessible for most patients. The…

More Testimonials