The concept of sugar, and all the harm it does to your teeth, has now become as absolute as claiming that water is wet. Even without sweetness itself, the taste people crave in whichever form, sugar is present (in some quantity) in every single food or beverage consumed on the planet. This, however, does not mean that the world’s dental future is doomed from creeping sugary indulgence. What this means is that people should monitor the amount of sugar they consume, even when they do not necessarily taste it.
According to a British Oral Health Foundation report, people are consuming an amount of sugar way above their optimal daily requirement. Although sugar does not cause cavities directly, a high volume of consumption can result in a demineralisation, or a highly acidic reaction inside the mouth that causes tooth decay.
The recommended daily intake of sugar for adults is 30g, or 7 teaspoons. Children aged 10 and below should consume even less. The Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) says that these recommendations draw from the average person’s energy requirements as well as the body’s natural capacity for healthy sugar consumption.
The Fine Line
Dentists from Burwell Dental Surgery say that since the most popular sugary foods and beverages such as chocolate, soft drinks, cake, biscuits and cereals all contain around 3 teaspoons of sugar in as little as 250 grams, people need to monitor their dietary options well to avoid the circumstance of easily going overboard. They add that in the event when people cannot avoid sugar consumption, tending to one’s dental hygiene as soon as possible would be the best course of action.
Asking people to avoid sugar entirely is an impossible order, but there is a significant benefit to moderating one’s sugar intake. A life where even the sweetest things come at a higher, more restrained standard, is a life where there is good health to smile about — beautifully at that.