British sweet tooth poses challenge

MORE than a quarter (27 per cent) of the UK population eats snacks high in sugar at least twice a day according to a survey published by the British Dental Health Foundation.

The BDHF reports that London is the UK's biggest snacking region, with one in five Londoners (20 per cent) eating snacks high in sugar three times a day or more, followed by North East (17 per cent) and one in ten in Scotland and Wales (11 per cent and 10 per cent respectively). In contrast, 33 per cent of the population in the South West claim to never eat snacks high in sugar.

Only 2 per cent said they were influenced by the effect that food and drink could have on the appearance of their teeth while 29 per cent said that the body weight/shape may make them think twice about picking up a sugary snack.

The results have been published together with Listerine as part of National Smile Month, which will run from 19 May to 19 June. The UK's biggest oral health campaign is an annual reminder of how to improve oral health and why maintaining it is vital to overall wellbeing.

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