If you don’t like going to an emergency dentist, it may be wise to rethink sugary drinks in the workplace. In Australia, we are among the top ten countries in the world for consuming sugary drinks. We all know that sugary drinks can cause cavities but they can also cause a host of other medical problems, like diabetes, obesity, stroke, heart disease and many cancers.
To help raise awareness, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) has joined forces with the Cancer Council Australia and ten other national health organisations for a campaign called “Rethink Sugary Drink.” Rethink Sugary Drink aims to educate Australians on the wide range of health risks posed by drinking sugary drinks and the many health benefits you can receive just by switching to either water or low-fat milk.
Their current focus is on finding ways to reduce sugary drinks in the workplace using a number of techniques:
- Having cafeterias and canteens give precedence to water and unsweetened drinks over sugary drinks
- Providing nothing but water at meetings and functions
- Providing more access for employees to water coolers or water fountains
- Placing posters for the Rethink Sugary Drink campaign in the workplace
- Providing a Rethink Sugary Drink presentation to the staff
- Removing sugary drink vending machines or replace sugary drinks with healthy alternatives
Companies are also encouraged to publicise Rethink Sugary Drink in any ways possible, such as social media, newsletters, websites, blogs and the company intranet. It is suggested that acknowledging success by these avenues would be effective.
What an Emergency Dentist Thinks
At 1300 Great Smile, we offer emergency dentist services at both of our Joondalup locations. We see first-hand what happens to those who drink a lot of sugary drinks.
We always tell our patients that the best way to stay away from an emergency dentist is to make regular visits to the dentist and to take care of your own oral hygiene. One of the most important things you can do is to stay away from sugary drinks.
To learn more or to make an appointment, call 1300 Great Smile today:(08) 9404 9500