Cancer Research UK has launched ‘Sugar Free February’ for its second year inorder to promote awareness and raise money for the charity. During the month, participants have been asked to give up on all sugars.
By cutting out on sugar people avoid putting on weight, reducing the risk of 13 types of cancer. With this there are oral health benefits too.
Best ways to avoid sugar this month are:
- Making your own meals and therefore having control over what goes in
- Checking labels on packages
- Try to drink just water, milk or tea/coffee.
Chornos loves pancakes as much as the next person, however this year do consider the damage sweet toppings can do to your oral health.
This warning comes from White Glo, a brand who specialise in tooth whitening. They have come up with alternative toppings for this year’s pancake day.
- Fresh fruit and cinnamon instead of lemon and sugar – To reduce acid levels from the lemon
- Have raw cacao or chocolate spread that are low in sugar
- Swap ice cream for Greek yoghurt as this could decude your sugar consumption by more than half, if you were to have ice-cream instead.
Research by the Internation Journal of Dental has investigated into what challenges elderly patients face when looking after their oral health. The main reasons that were found were: cost, mobility issues, poor general health and anxiety.
Dr Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation has suggested to bring the dental services to the elderly in order to tackle this issue. He said that ‘with the help of authorities’, services could be provided in care homes and local community centres to make ‘services more accessible’. As we mentioned last week, this approach would be beneficial as poor oral health has been linked with various health conditions often found with the elderly.
The Council has annouced earlier this week that it has launched a new campaign for children aged 1 to 9 to teach them the importance of oralhealth. Working collaberatively with schools, dentists and doctors, the council aims to spread the campaign across schools in Westminster.
This campaign has come at a vital time as according to www.westminster.gov.uk, 35% of 5 year-old children living in Westminster have at least one decayed tooth. This is high when compared to the rest of England, which is 25%.
The Journal of Public Health has published a study showing that snacking amongst children under the age of 5 has the strongest impact on their oral health. Furthermore, relying soley on toothbrushing is not enough to prevent tooth decay.
The study has shown that toothbrushing alone isn’t the ‘magic wand’ to preventing tooth decay. Instead, eating habits also play a crucial factor in good oral health, said Dr Carter, cheif executive of the Oral Health foundation. Snacking on sugary foods throughout the day means that children’s teeth are constantly exposed to acid, explains Dr Carter.
A 3 year study of 1,000 men aged between 71 and 92 found that indivudals with poor oral health also showed issues with quality of life. These include weak gripping ability, difficulties eating and reduced walking speed.
The Oral Health Foundation (OHF) has said that this study highlights the importance of oral health in the elderly. This is espically important, as the UK population is expected to see a growth by around 7 million of people over the age of 60 in the next 20 years.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the OHF has added that dental examinations should be added to general health screenings in older people as they could be ‘useful indicators of frailty’.
Tony Kilcoyne of the British Dental Association has published a letter in the Daily Telegraph addressing the crisis the NHS dentistry is facing. So far it has received 400 signatures. His letter urges the Government to ‘act now to improve the state of dentistry’ in England. He also argues that now, the NHS is more focused on targets and ticking boxes.
This letter comes as a result of charaties looking at the UK, which is in need of ‘basic care’. Furthermore, Dentaid, a charity working in Africa, Asia and central America, has set up its first scheme in West Yorkshire 2 years ago. As of now, it has expanded to Buckinghamshire, Cornwall and Hampshire.