Dentists Say Your Office Birthday Doughnut Blowout Should Stop

By Gary Cutlack on at

Dentists and other people worried about the oral health of the nation are targeting one small remaining pocket of fun many of us have -- workplace snacks. In case you didn't know, ordering the 144 deluxe Krispy Kreme deluxe doughnut box because it's someone's birthday is the new worst thing for everyone's teeth and health.

Dentists say there is an emerging "cake culture" inside the UK's workplaces these days, as the office-bound parts of the nation turn to processed sugar to keep them happy now that having four pints at lunch time tends to be frowned upon. The advice to stop enjoying workday, mid-afternoon cake because someone you don't really know is having a non-milestone birthday comes from the Faculty of Dental Surgery, which suggests we hide sugary snacks to make our stupid brains forget they exist, or go so far as creating a "sugar schedule" to make sure we only eat bad things at lunch time.

Professor Nigel Hunt from the Royal College of Surgeons explained through his dazzling teeth: "We need a culture change in offices and other workplaces that encourages healthy eating and helps workers avoid caving in to sweet temptations such as cakes, sweets and biscuits." [BBC]