Sugar is in the food and drinks we consume every day, but how many of us are aware of the quantity we consume and the consequences for our teeth.
Recently, The World Health Organization (WHO) published new guidelines suggesting that reducing the amount of sugar we eat from the current recommended limit of 10% of daily energy intake to 5% would be a positive step. Based on an adult of normal weight, that’s around 25g every day (approximately 6 teaspoons).
To put this in perspective, look at the brief list below and the quantity of sugar. All measurements are based on 1 teaspoon = 5 grams of sugar
– Bag of Natural Confectionary Jelly Snakes – 27 teaspoons
– Can of Coke – 9 teaspoons, Bottle of Coke – 16 teaspoons
– Mars Bar – 6 teaspoons
– Apple – 4/5 teaspoons
When we consume sugar it mixes with the bacteria in our mouth forming acid, this acid attacks the hard outer surface of the tooth called enamel and can lead to cavities and tooth decay.
– Read labels on food
– Have sugary treats at meal times only
– Use a straw with drinks
– Brush and floss daily
– Visit your dentist
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