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Dental Dangers of the ‘Cake Culture’

The cake culture in workplaces has probably been around for decades. There is nothing more heart warming than when the cake arrives for morning tea, courtesy of the management. It often turns up at birthdays and other celebrations and breaks the daily monotony of work. However, this may be good for workers’ morale, but not so good for your stomach let alone your teeth.

The Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Dental Surgery recently revealed that the ‘cake culture’ in the workplace is contributing to poor dental health and this habit should be stopped.  One of the things that is most liked about eating cake is its sugar content. It has a soothing effect and makes one feel more content and relaxed.

The damage sugar can do to your teeth

If your boss was to offer sugar free cake at staff meetings and tea breaks there would probably be far few takers because there is less enjoyment experienced from it. That’s how powerful the sugar effect is. It’s the sugar that entices you to want to eat the cake.

You won’t notice straight away what damage the sugar is doing but when you eat sweet cake the bacteria which is constantly present in your mouth feeds off the sugar and as a by product produces acid. This all starts in the first 20 minutes of eating sugar and is often referred to as an acid attack. It’s this acid which damages your teeth as it slowly erodes the enamel which is the hard protective layer that protects your teeth. Once the enamel starts to dissolve, tooth decay sets in and as it penetrates your teeth even further the tooth’s nerve senses the damage and you start to experience tooth ache.

How can you prevent tooth decay?

As a worker you are more vulnerable than someone who is eating cake at home because it’s difficult to clean your teeth straight after eating the cake. Therefore, you have to take control and refuse the cake. You can suggest to your boss that more nutritious food could be offered instead of sweet cake. Such products as peanuts and whole grain rolls with unsweetened peanut butter make a nice alternative and contain little sugar. Fruit that requires breaking up and chewing in the mouth such as a crunchy apple are good too.

Cleaning your teeth is the best protection from sugar damage

It’s unlikely that you are going to avoid sweet foods altogether so the best defence from tooth decay is to have a toothbrush handy to give your teeth a quick clean after eating something sweet. Some of the toothpaste manufacturers recommend you use fluoridated toothpaste as this protects your teeth more than toothpaste that doesn’t have this active ingredient. This of course is your choice but what you need to remember that if you keep your teeth healthy you can enjoy a more nutritional diet.

In whatever way you decide to tackle the sugar content in your diet, whether it’s refusing the sugar filled cake at work or accepting the consequences by eating it, regular twice annual visits to your Malmin dentist will ensure you are forewarned of any dental problems so that they can be fixed before it is too late.


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