Sugar Free September

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08/28/2019

Why Go Sugar Free

Sugar - it’s a comforting substance that we treat ourselves to in times of celebration, when we’re feeling in need of a ‘pick-me-up’, or just out of habit. But it doesn’t just stop there – what about the sugars we unwittingly consume on a daily basis that manufacturers sneak into our food and drinks?

Sugar Swap September is an ideal time to really focus on this one ingredient and learn a lot about how it’s added to foods and drinks and what it does to our bodies and teeth. Giving up or reducing the amount of added sugar for in your diet 30 days (and beyond!) can have many benefits to your oral health and overall health:

Reduce the chance of tooth decay

“Every time we have something sugary to eat or drink, bacteria in our mouths feed on this sugar and produce harmful acids, which can cause tooth decay,” advises Henry Clover, our Chief Dental Officer. “It then takes our saliva around an hour to neutralise these acids and return our mouths to normal. This means the more times a day you expose your teeth to sugar, the more you increase your chances of tooth decay. This is why sugar is always best kept as an occasional treat rather than having a constant presence in your daily diet."Giving up processed sugar can have many benefits on your oral health and overall health

As well as reducing your risk of tooth decay, you may also experience weight loss, improved skin and increased energy levels!

You may lose weight

Sugar is calorific and it’s easy to pile the pounds on when you’re unknowingly eating items that have had sugar added to them. It can also lead to unwanted fat storage according to Claire White, author of Sugar Snub and nutritional advisor: “When our stores of glucose in our muscles and liver are full, any extra sugar, particularly fructose, is converted to fat. We can deal with fructose in fruits for example (don’t stop eating fruit!), but food manufacturers have created Fructose Glucose Syrup and filled fizzy drinks, junk food, and many supermarket foods with it.”

More energy

It’s a common misconception that sugar is a good option for keeping you energised throughout the day. Although sugar does provide a boost of energy, its effects are short-lived and can actually make you feel worse. “It takes just 30 minutes to go from a chocolate bar sugar-high to a sugar crash,” advises Claire. Lean protein and good quality carbohydrates such as wholewheat pasta and brown rice are good options for keeping you fueled. 

Help your skin

Did you know that sugar has been linked to premature aging? Over-consumption of sugar can weaken collagen and elastin, accelerating the rate at which wrinkles appear. Some people also report they have clearer, less spot-prone skin when they reduce their sugar consumption. 

Type 2 diabetes and heart disease

Researchers are increasingly finding links between high sugar diets and conditions such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. We know that high sugar diets increase your chances of weight gain, and being overweight is thought to be a major cause of both Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  

  

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Friendly and approachable (Stuart and Gen).
P. Gallagher
My dental nurse (Charlie) was excellent, it would be lovely to have her every time.
S. Todd
Excellent dentist, lovely warm and welcoming staff. I love my Dentist Stuart, always chatty and makes you feel relaxed.
Shane
Wonderful as always! Thank you so much, no pain!!
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Very friendly staff, I wouldn’t change my dentist for the world.
A. Rashid
Everyone is always so kind, gentle and helpful. I have always felt that I’m in safe hands.
David Dale
Absolutely wonderful service, caring & very professional staff x A*A*A*A*A* highly recommended - superb dentist -the best!
Emma T
Hest Bank Dental Care has completely cured us of our previous loathing of dentists and dental practices…you know you are in safe hands and that the team do everything possible to relax you and ensure the treatments are as comfortable as possible.
Sandi & Polly Haythornthwaite
Our whole family attend Hest Bank Dental Centre it is a fabulous, friendly and caring practice. The whole team make you feel very welcome at every visit. Highly recommend
Tracey
Bolton le Sands
I won’t see anyone else.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
I love the dentist.
H. Payne
Very pleased with my first appointment, Sofia was very thorough and pleasant.
D. Mclaughlin
Always a happy place, everything is explained in detail. Very pleased with service.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
I've been a patient for a few year's now and I have to say I've never felt so comfortable going to the dentist. The staff are very friendly and professional and go way beyond the call of duty.
Toby Bush
I'm always put at ease by the compassionate, professional staff.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Love this practice! Total trust in your abilities and expertise.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Thank you for your expertise and kindness.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Always a pleasure to visit.
M. Caygill
Even with having work done, Stuart made Phoebe (age 9) smile.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Lovely, pleasant place to come – both staff and premises spotlessly clean.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
The whole ambience is very pleasant, lovely waiting room and great views. Kate has done wonders with my teeth. A caring team where everyone works together.
Mrs. Light
Always very welcoming, friendly and reassuring.
Patient at Hest Bank Dental Care
Lovely, relaxed appointment. Sofia was lovely and explained everything very well.
S. Hardie
I like the up-to-date technology.
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