Professor Nigel Hunt has warned of the dangers to oral health when celebrating special occasions at work with cake.
Speaking at the Faculty of Dental Surgery’s annual dinner, he said he believes that the ‘cake culture’ is fuelling obesity and leading to oral health issues, suggesting that people should offer fruits, nuts or cheese instead.
‘For many people the workplace is now the primary site of their sugar intake and is contributing to the current obesity epidemic and poor oral health,’ Professor Hunt said.
‘Cake culture poses difficulties for those who are trying their hardest to lose weight or become healthier – how many of us have begun such diets only to cave in to the temptation of the doughnuts, cookies or the triple chocolate biscuits?
‘Ideally office workers should consider other alternatives altogether like fruit platters, nuts, or cheese.
‘Responsible employers should take a lead and avoid such snacks in meetings.’