Higher Sugar Consumption at Christmas Can Lead to Cavities
It is also a time when many people indulge in food and drinks, but sadly also neglect their dental health.
It is estimated that around Christmas, people tend to consume around 25% more sugar than at any other time of the year.
Adding this to the fact that three-quarters of consumers are not going to change their brushing habits despite frequent snacking, it is clear that many people’s teeth will be put at a higher risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
Women are more prone to binging on sweets during the festive period, with almost a quarter of female respondents estimating that they will consume up to 50% more sugary foods and drinks than usual.
In terms of regional differences, consumers in Scotland are the most likely to change their eating habits, with 12% admitting they are going to eat twice the amount of sugar they typically do.
People tend to overindulge in Alcohol as well over Christmas. See how alcohol is damaging your teeth and gums.
The problem is that in the New Year, many people will take care of their slightly expanded waistlines.
However, the damage caused to their dental health as a result of increased sugar consumption is likely to go unnoticed until real problems occur, TePe pointed out.
Dental health has emerged as a major global problem, as a large-scale international study by the University of London’s Queen Mary dental college revealed that billions of people suffer from problems with their teeth and gums.
Longer life expectancy has lead to poor oral health Researchers took three years to complete the study and found that almost four billion people or more than half of the global population had poor oral health.
Study confirms that sugar is bad for our teeth This statement was at the core of new research conducted by academics at the University of Newcastle. They found that cutting sugar intake to a maximum of five teaspoons a day can prevent tooth decay.
For more than two decades, the World Health Organisation has advised people to consume no more than 10% of their daily calorie intake in the form of “free sugars”.