Dental experts in Hastings have issued a warning today to parents and teenagers about the hidden sugars in food.
The warning was issued after new figures released by the Local Government Association (LHA) revealed that more than 40,000 children have teeth removed every year as a result of sugar consumption and tooth decay.
The research shows that NHS surgeons carry out over 160 operations a day, which cost the NHS nearly £36 million last year.
Local registered dental nurse Sarah Beckwith has advised parents and young people to watch out for dangers such as hidden sugars and lack of knowledge saying that:“You could be eating something that says it’s low in sugar when actually it’s not that low and it’s still attacking your teeth”.
Sarah advises people to brush teeth and use mouthwash twice a day and floss once a day, it is also advised to not snack during the day as it increases the PH balance in the mouth,which increases the risk of tooth decay.
East Sussex County Council took to Twitter today, urging followers to use the Change4Life app. The sugar smart application allows users tomonitor how much
sugar is being putting into the body. The Change4Life Sugar Smart app allows users to scan the barcode of any food and drink product and states exactly how much sugar is in it. The app is free of charge and also gives information about
how much sugar a person should be consuming based on age, it also informs users how feeding your body too much sugar can affect the body.
With dangers such as hidden sugars and temptations such as vintage sweet shops, it’s not surprising that some Hastings local’s find it difficult to avoid sugar.