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Office ‘cake culture’ is leading to rotten teeth and rise in obesity


A leading health expert has claimed that Britain’s so-called ‘cake culture’ in offices around the country has led to an obesity epidemic and a rise in tooth decay. Professor Nigel Hunt, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, has said that people in offices are more likely to snack on sugary treats while at their desks, rather than healthy options, which has led to the rise in health problems throughout Britain.

Professor Hunt will give a speech to the Faculty of Dental Surgery suggesting that the problem arises from excessive consumption of sweet treats at work, with many people being rewarded for good work and celebrating birthdays with workmates by bringing cakes or doughnuts into the office to share. He explains that ‘it is particularly dangerous that this is lying around the office all day for, as we know, sugar has a particularly negative effect if it’s eaten outside of meal time.’

He is expected to add that ‘cake culture’ should be changed if we are going to combat problems with weight and dental health, but that this doesn’t mean we have to ban sweet treats completely, just consume in smaller quantities and perhaps only make then available at lunch time, rather than all day or during meetings.


Viewers are left stunned by young man’s terrible teeth on Channel 5 TV show


A young man participating on the Channel  5 show Never Been To A Doctor has left viewers stunned, and some ‘literally  hiding’ behind their duvets in attempts to avoid the horror of the 21-year-olds rotten teeth. The show allows people who are in desperate need of medical or dental treatment to access the care they need after years without visiting a medical professional.

The young man, known as Ben, admitted to being terrified of going to the dentist and had only ever been a few times in his life, which has led to his mouth becoming full of black and brown teeth, with several teeth missing along the top jaw. In addition, Ben told presenter Katie Piper that he had braces when he was younger but did not brush his teeth properly, leading to extensive tooth rot.

Viewers were stunned that the chef had allowed his teeth to reach this state of disrepair even with a debilitating fear of the dentist. After finally facing his fear, Ben was able to get the treatment he needed and had a denture fitted to replace the rotten teeth, as well as many hours of repair work on the damaged teeth he still had. Upon seeing the new teeth in the mirror Ben was very emotional and told Katie that this was ‘definitely a new beginning’ for him.


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Children’s tooth decay costs NHS £35 million a year


The cost of removing rotten teeth from the mouths of children has soared by over 60% from 2010/2011, reaching a shocking £35 million a year, based on reports from councils. The Local Government Association (LGA) also revealed that the children’s education could be affected by the amount of time taken off to get dental treatment.

According to the LGA’s figures, more than a hundred operations a day are carried out to remove multiple decayed teeth from children and teenagers in hospitals across England. It has been suggested that increased consumption of fizzy drinks and sugary foods is to blame for the rise in tooth extractions due to cavities.

The numbers also reveal that a shocking £35.3 million was spent on the operations to remove the teeth over 2014/2015, a huge increase from £21.9 million in 2010/2011. Spokeswoman for the LGA, Izzi Seccombe, said that almost half of 11-15-year-olds have a fizzy drink at least once a day, which is not only causing tooth decay, it is also contributing to childhood obesity. She added that these figures were ‘doubly alarming’ because the extractions were taking place in hospital and not at a dental clinic. Izzi advised that improved oral health can ‘help children learn at school, and improve their ability to thrive and develop.’


Man claims to have found a rotten tooth in a cereal bar


A man from Newcastle has claimed that he found a rotten human tooth inside a cereal bar he was about to feed to his 15 month old daughter. Russell Martin, 27, said that he spotted the tooth just as he gave it to the toddler and thankfully she did not chew on it.

The cereal bar was bought from a nearby Aldi store in Cowgate by his partner and Russell explained to the Newcastle Chronicle that the tooth was rotten so he knew immediately that it had not fallen out of his daughter’s mouth. He said it was ‘absolutely disgusting’ and immediately contacted the supermarket to report the discovery.

However, weeks later he was told that the tooth had not made it to the head office and so no further action could be taken. He was given a £20 voucher but the couple decided to send it back because they don’t want to shop at the store any more. Russell added that he was still worried about the bacteria which could have affected his daughter’s health.

The budget retailer apparently disputes Mr Martins’ story and claim through a spokesperson that it was in fact ‘an over-toasted flake of wheat grain’ rather than a human tooth.


Research suggests that chewing sugarfree gum could save the NHS millions


New research has revealed that children chewing sugarfree gum could possibly save the NHS as much as £14million. This comes after 35% of 12-year-olds said they have been embarrassed to laugh or smile because they teeth were not in great condition, according to government figures.

The study suggests that if all 12-year-olds chewed a single piece of sugar-free gum per day the NHS would be saving millions of pounds which currently go on treating decay and removing rotten teeth – even more money could be saved on two or three pieces of gum, one after each meal. The gum is thought to combat decay because it encourages the release of saliva in the mouth, which protects the teeth from plaque.

The research was carried out by Plymouth University’s Peninsula Dental School along with gum manufacturers The Wrigley Company and Professor Liz Kay describes the results as ‘hugely exciting’ as it is a very easy way to help children improve their oral health and avoid dental treatment. A spokesman for Plymouth University added that the gum is rarely mentioned, despite the fact that the new study suggests it has potential health benefits, saying that this treatment should be seriously considered to tackle levels of tooth decay.


Sugary drinks are rotting the teeth of Australian children


According to a surgeon at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, over a thousand children from Victoria have been put under general anaesthetic to have multiple rotten teeth removed, and sugary drinks are thought to be at the heart of the problem. Sophie Beaumont, a dental surgeon at the hospital, said that it is ‘not uncommon’ for children in the area to require multiple extractions, as several teeth develop decay at the same time.

Dr Beaumont suggested that many parents do not realise the severity of the problem until their child is unable to eat or sleep because of toothache; not only is this causing great discomfort, it could also make the child’s first experience of the dentist a stressful one.

Children in New Zealand are in a similar situation, says Dr Rob Beaglehole, principal dental officer at Nelson Marlborough District Health. He told Daily Mail Australia that he has extracted rotten teeth from the mouths of children who were still in nappies. Dr Beaglehole blames diets high in sugar and says that lots of small children are having fizzy drinks put in their baby bottles after drinks manufacturers have deliberately marketed their products to young children.

Watchdog suggests that teachers help children to brush their teeth at school


According to health watchdog NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – the dental health of children in the UK can be improved by encouraging teachers to show them how to brush whilst at school. NICE blamed the high number of rotten teeth on parents allowing children to eat and drink products high in sugar and suggested that primary school teachers should hold supervised brushing sessions at least once a day.

Some teaching unions are not in agreement and maintain that it is the parent’s responsibility to teach children to brush their teeth, citing a reduction in learning time if this guideline is enforced.

The government group says that there is still a heightened level of decay among poorer households in the UK and professor Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, said that ‘as a society we should help parents and carers give their children the best start in life and act now to stop the rot before it starts.’

The new guidelines recommend a brushing session once a day for children under eleven years of age, which may be the only time some children brush their teeth during the day.

Robert Pattinson shows off rotten teeth


Hollywood heartthrob Robert Pattinson has made his name on his good-looks but now the 26-year-old is hoping to be judged on his acting ability rather than his appearance, as he has displayed a gruesome set of rotting teeth on the set of his new film The Rover. There’s no need for Twilight fans to panic though; Rob is only sporting the brown veneers to play the role of a criminal, as he completes filming in Adelaide, Australia.

To completely look the part, the British actor has a shaved head and dirty clothes; he is playing the part of Reynolds and teaming up with Australian Guy Pearce to chase a gang of robbers across the country. Rob was pictured in full costume, relaxing between takes, showing off the crooked, cracked teeth as he chatted to crew members. The photos quickly made their way onto the internet and fans were initially shocked to see Pattinson looking unkempt and dirty – a far cry from his perfectly-chiselled Twilight counterpart, vampire Edward Cullen.

While Rob has been filming in Australia, his on-off girlfriend and fellow Twilight star Kristen Stewart was spotted out and about in Hollywood with friends; according to online sources she is looking forward to his return but has been discouraged from visiting him in case the pair fall out – which could be disastrous for the release of the final Twilight DVD.

Snow White and the Huntsman star discusses characters teeth


Chris Hemsworth is experiencing the dizzying heights of fame after a starring role in last summer’s Thor and Aprils worldwide hit Avengers Assemble, and now he’s getting ready for his third blockbuster release at the end of this month, Snow White and the Huntsman. Chris has been discussing his character, Eric the Huntsman, at this week’s official London press conference, and he mentioned that the subject of rotten, black teeth was something that came up in the original meetings with the casting crew.

Hemsworth admitted that some of the initial ideas for the characters appearance would have made him ‘pretty unattractive’ to the audience and the other characters, having built on the idea that he was ‘for the most part a dirty messy drunk’. Although Chris was on board with the idea of having a mysterious back story for the Huntsman, the idea of rotten teeth was too much for him; ‘At one point there was talk of blackening his teeth’ said the 28-year-old, ‘I was like ‘Hang on, if there’s got to be any kind of romance in here, that’s pretty unattractive! So we kept the teeth clean.’

The Thor star went on to discuss the characters history, saying ‘he was a soldier previously and that was his back story. I thought ‘Maybe he’s travelled across this fictional world and trained with different people’. He added that there was a samurai influence incorporated; ‘Even the hair I wanted to pull back into a ponytail, for a samurai feel again.’

Children are likely to have tooth decay ‘if mothers do’


Children are likely to have tooth decay 'if mothers do'Poor oral hygiene in mothers can lead to children being more likely to suffer from tooth decay, according to experts.

Researchers from the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) carried out the study to assess if there was a link between family influence and children’s oral health.

Among the Hispanic families examined it was found that if a mother had rotten teeth the infant was almost twice as likely to suffer as well, suggesting they could need emergency dentistry in the future.

Jane Weintraub, director of UCSF’s Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health, said: “The oral health of parents, especially mum can impact the oral health of children, so dentists should include the whole family in the dental care process.”

She explained that the bacteria which cause the problem can be passed between individuals by tasting a child’s food before feeding them with the same spoon and that as a result, the findings are likely to be representative of other demographics.

Parents were recently warned by the British Dental Health Foundation to be wary of allowing their youngsters to eat too much yoghurt as many are high in sugar and can cause teeth to rot.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19844595-ADNFCR

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