Results from a new survey by the British Dental Health Foundation reveal just how bad the UK’s sugar consumption is.
The survey shows that 27% of us are eating snacks extremely high in sugar as frequently as twice a day or more.
Londoners are the the biggest snackers, with 20% eating snacks high in sugar three times a day or more. In contrast, the South West is a relatively low sugar zone, with one in three people saying they never eat snacks that are high in sugar.
The results have been published in collaboration with Listerine as part of the National Smile Month campaign, which is running from 19th May to 19th June.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, urges everyone to consider how what they eat could be affecting their smile.
He says: ‘Poor diet contributes to a variety of problems in the mouth including dental decay, erosion and bad breath. Every time we eat or drink anything sugary, teeth are under attack for up to one hour. Saliva plays a major role in neutralising acid in the mouth, and it takes up to an hour for that to happen.
If sweetened foods and drinks are constantly being eaten, the mouth is constantly under attack and does not get the chance to recover. It is very important to remember it is not how much sugary food or drink you have, it is how often you have them.
Frequent consumption of sugary foods and drinks naturally weakens the enamel on the teeth, and as a result we recommend eating three square meals a day instead of having seven to ten ‘snack attacks’.’