Top Tips For Festive Drinks

Whilst we will all be indulging somewhat more over these next coming week’s just spare a thought for how much sugar is in your favourite festive hot drinks. We are aware that nobody truly cares what they eat or drink in December especially on Christmas day. We know we will all get back on it with all our other good intentions in January (like using our tepes every day!!). However, in the interests of those beautiful teeth you are investing in and for your general health and wellbeing, be aware the festive Christmas offerings from high street coffee-shops and our very own coffee machine (special Christmas syrups!) do contain an awful lot of sugar!

Startlingly, eight out of the top ten most sugary drinks contain more sugar than a 330ml can of coke. The recommended daily sugar intake for an adult is 30g, which roughly equates to seven whole sugar cubes.

The top 10 sugary drinks as follows…

1. Mint Hot Chocolate from Pret a Manger – 47.9g sugar

2. Hazelnut Hot Chocolate from Pret a Manger – 47.9 sugar

3. Mint Mocha from Greggs – 46g sugar

4. Mint Hot Chocolate from Greggs – 46g sugar

5. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Caffé Nero – 38.8g sugar

6. Hazelnut Hot Chocolate from Caffé Nero – 38.2g sugar

7. Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate from Starbucks – 36.7g sugar

8. Ginger Hot Chocolate from Caffé Nero – 35.8g sugar

9. Egg Nog Latte from Starbucks – 33.8g sugar

10. Hazelnut Praline & Cream Frostino from Costa Coffee – 33.2g sugar

Tips for keeping teeth healthy over festive season:

Always brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste (1450ppm)

Spit out after brushing and do not rinse so that the fluoride stays on your teeth longer.

Brushing is especially important at night-time, even a quick brush will help get rid of those sugars you have consumed and deliver an important dose of fluoride. Cleaning in between the teeth is also important so don’t give those tepe brushes a holiday!

Our teeth are at risk of acid attack after we eat and drink anything, especially if what we consume has sugar in it. This acid is produced by plaque bacteria and the sugars in our food and drink which slowly dissolves the enamel and dentine of the tooth leading to cavities forming. Do your best to keep those sugary indulgences to mealtimes if possible.

And, of course, make sure you visit your dentist and hygienist regularly so that any issues can be picked up quickly. We’ll be open again from January 2nd 2020 so do give us a call if you need to visit our hygienist in the post Christmas period!



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