In spite of the significant effort put in upholding utmost dental and oral health, tooth decay is still one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the world. In a global research on chronic illnesses, it has been found that tooth decay is the most common oral health problem, with a high global prevalence of 35 per cent. Here in Australia, out of 10 adults, 3 of which have untreated tooth decay.
To address this concern, it is important to note that main factors that lead to its onset. One of the major causes of tooth decay would be sugar intake. There is an undeniable link between the two.
As you munch on those sweets, oral bacteria feed on the sugars to form plaque which constantly produces acids that damage your teeth. For this reason, it is crucial to keep a close watch of your sugar consumption.
Wary of the consequences brought about by sugar intake, the World Health Organisation released a set of guidelines in 2002. According to this, sugars should be limited to only 10 per cent of the total energy intake. This only sums up to 50 grams per day. In addition, it was also noted that the target should be only 5 per cent or just 25 grams a day.