News about Sugar (page 2)

Dental topics in the news this year focus our attention on a healthy mouth for life.

30th April 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

We’re four months into 2018, a good time for a quick review of some of the dental topics in the news this year. Current topics in dental health focus  on great oral health for the whole family through good education and care at home. Concern for the health of our children. Probably the most reported…

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Sugar habit? The UK sugar tax kicks in today

6th April 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

We need to kick our sugar habit because there are still too many children having bad teeth removed in our hospitals, and obesity is an increasing health problem. Junk food ads? A year on from the sugar tax – April 2019 The tax begins that will help us to curb our sugar intake. No longer…

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Too many sweet treats?

2nd April 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Sweet choices We’ve just enjoyed the sweet treats of Easter… …lots of sugar-laden ‘goodies’ ranging from beautifully wrapped eggs to seasonal shaped chocolates… lots of chocolates, often with sticky fillings. In the UK we love our festive chocolate! But we’re not alone. Many celebrations around the world also include sweet delicacies of one kind or…

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How much chocolate is too much?

23rd March 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

This weekend, may of us will be out shopping for Easter. With that in mind, I asked myself about how much chocolate I should have in the house. There’s something so appealing about these fabulous chocolate creations, wrapped and boxed to temp and entice us! The magic of a shell that opens and colourful, tasty…

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Getting five a day is easier than it sounds.

21st March 2018 | Heather Cresswell

We’ve all read that we should be getting five portions of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Here are some explainers and tips on how to add natural colour to our menu. Why are veg and fruit so good for us? they’re a great source of vitamins and minerals dietary fibre helps keep…

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Food for thought – International School Meals Day

15th March 2018 | SpaDental Administrator

“How was school today?” For many children lunch break is the best bit of the school day! It’s a time to be with friends, eat and chat. And if you ask the question, “How was school today?” you’ll probably be told what was for lunch! Most children will put food first, especially whether it was…

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Why do we have two tooth fairy days?

28th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

It was a surprise to me to discover that there are two days a year to celebrate the tooth fairy! Today, and also August 22nd are both marked on calendars as tooth fairy days. I can remember getting a coin under my pillow to replace a tooth. And I still have quite a collection of…

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Flouride in our water? Yes or no?

15th February 2018 | Heather Cresswell

What is ‘fluoride’ and do we need fluoride in our water? When we talk about fluoride we are referring to the compound Sodium Fluoride (NaF), or another fluorine-containing salt. Sometimes fluoride in our water source occurs naturally. Some water boards add it.  Fluoride is also a key ingredient in everyday tooth-care products, such as toothpaste….

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In the light of shocking statistics about child tooth decay, what can we do?

26th January 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Statistical evidence that excess sugar is destroying our children’s teeth is shocking. Tooth decay is 95% preventable. “Tooth decay is the number one reason for child hospital admissions”  Mick Armstrong, chairman of the BDA This should not be the case. What is the government doing to fight tooth decay? The NHS allows children and young…

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Why is sugar so bad? Here are some not-so-sweet facts

10th January 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Is it just a passing fad, this media focus on sugar? Or is our love affair with sugar something we should have moved on from years ago? Is sugar so bad? For years plenty of saccharine song lyrics have added to the myth that sugar’s something good. But Maroon 5 have got it right: a…

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Encouraging Healthy Eating for Obesity Awareness, 2018

8th January 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

National Obesity Awareness Week begins today The aim? To improve the health of the nation, through encouraging healthy eating, less snacking, and more exercise What’s the problem? According to the NHS: “The term “obese” describes a person who’s very overweight, with a lot of body fat. It’s a common problem in the UK that’s estimated to affect around…

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The packed lunch challenge

3rd January 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

After the winter holiday, our kids are back in school, and the packed lunch challenge is on again! It’s a tough one! Change4Life has launched its new campaign to remind us that too much sugar is bad for our bodies and bad for our teeth:  “Children in England are eating nearly three times the recommended…

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School Meals Week 2017

13th November 2017 | SpaDental Administrator

National School Meals Week 13th-17th November 2017 supported by SpaDental Today is the first day of the  LACA special focus week, organised to encourage healthy eating and food awareness. School meals are a hot topic! School meals have changed for the better. Every morning children at school look forward to their lunch break. Children like to…

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North/South divide shows in our babies’ teeth

23rd October 2017 | Heather Cresswell

A recent study by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry has revealed that children under the age of two years old in the North of England are more than twice as likely to be taken to see an NHS Dentist than infants in the South. Are our babies’ teeth at risk? Dental professionals are keen to ensure…

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Fun at your practice with the SpaDental Group

17th October 2017 | SpaDental Administrator

SpaDental always encourages you to bring your children along with you to the dentist, even if they don’t need to be treated. It can be fun! Fun in the clinic Getting small children used to visiting the dentist is a good idea. Children can be put off even by the noise and the smell of the…

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Fat? How much is too much?

14th October 2017 | SpaDental Administrator

Fat and sugar – an invisible problem Children ‘might seem fine on the outside’ but eating too much saturated fat can lead to a harmful buildup of fat inside. Your kids ‘might seem fine on the outside’ but too much sugar can also cause the harmful buildup of fat around internal organs. This can lead to…

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Thought about putting Gin on your breakfast?

16th September 2017 | Louise Burgess

A new flavour in the breakfast list Gin has been a long-standing member of the optics line up in a pub, but is there room for it in our foods? With tubs of yogurt flavoured with Gin spiriting their way onto the shelves of Sainsbury’s at the beginning of the summer, more foods could be…

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Sports drinks are ‘helping fuel an epidemic’ of tooth decay in children

20th July 2017 | Louise Burgess

High sugar, acidic sports drinks are increasingly popular with young people, adding risks to their dental and general health. Almost 90% of 12-14 year-olds are consuming sports drinks, with 68% of teens and pre-teens drinking them regularly, many of them for social reasons, a new survey by Cardiff University School of Dentistry has found. Children…

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Top tips for a tooth trouble-free Easter weekend

7th April 2017 | Nicky Phillips

Everyone loves a sweet treat but hates tooth ache so here are our top tips for a tooth trouble-free Easter Break! Try to restrict eating Easter Eggs to mealtimes.  Chewing produces saliva which helps neutralise acid, protect tooth enamel and fight tooth decay. Drink a glass of water after eating sweet treats.  This helps wash away…

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Be Food Smart – Children’s Event

23rd January 2017 | Louise Burgess

You may be aware that Public Health England has launched Be Food Smart – a national campaign focusing on healthy eating for families. Part of the campaign will be to encourage families to download the new ‘Be Food Smart’ app to reveal the surprising amounts of sugar, saturated fat and salt in everyday food and…

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Change4Life recommends reduced sugar intake for everyone

15th January 2017 | SpaDental Administrator

We are all eating too much sugar in our diets, especially children who often consuming their whole day’s recommended allowance before school. The government’s Change4 Life campaign recommended sugar guidelines are: Children aged 4 to 6 years old shouldn’t have more than 19g of added sugar per day – that’s 5 cubes (based on 4g…

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