Sugar, How Much is Too Much?

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In the news this week we see doctors call for the maximum daily sugar intake to be cut further to just 14g – that’s the equivalent of just 4 blocks of a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk!

Now, we all know that excessive sugar is a leading cause of tooth decay. This is because bacteria in the mouth feed off of certain sugars, producing plaque containing acids that remove minerals from the outer enamel of the tooth.

Unless cleaned well, the acids continue to destroy the tooth to the point where we experience severe toothache or in some extremely painful cases, abscess.

The World Health Organisation recently lowered the recommended sugar limits to a maximum of 50g per day for adults but ideally no more than 25g, but doctors from University College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine warn that this is still too high.

For children they argue this should be even lower. Seven-year-olds should have no more than 11g of sugar – the equivalent of three squares of Dairy Milk!

In the study they recorded average sugar intakes in various populations around the world and compared them to the levels of tooth decay. They found people who eat little or no added sugar had little or no tooth decay.

In less developed countries where the average diet consisted of around just 2g of sugar per day, only 2% of the population had experienced tooth decay. This is compared to a shocking 92% of the USA population who have experienced tooth decay.

How often you eat or drink sugary foods is the main cause of tooth decay. It is important to monitor your sugar intake and try to limit sugary or acidic foods and drinks to mealtimes only, not continuously throughout the day.

If you are concerned about the amount of sugar you or your family consume, book an appointment to see one of our dentists or hygienists today.

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