How can we reduce sugar intake

The WHO (World Health Organization) estimates that the incidence of tooth decay is very close to 100% in both children and adults. The main cause of tooth decay is sugar, because when ingested, the bacteria in the mouth break it down into acids, which gradually erode the enamel.

According to statistics, sugar consumption has increased dramatically in recent years, especially in children. With the aim of minimizing tooth decay and also improving eating habits, the FDI World Dental Federation has produced a guide to reduce the sugar we consume.

Guidelines for consuming less sugar

  • Distinguish between sugar and added sugar: most foods contain naturally occurring glucose. Fruit, for example, contains sugars on its own. The added sugar is what we add ourselves in a premeditated way, for example coffee, juices, sauces…. In addition to industrial products that contain large amounts of added sugar.
  • Do not ingest added sugars more than four times a day.
  • Do not exceed 50 grams per day and 30 grams in children.
  • Of the total daily energy intake should not be more than 10%.
  • For additional benefits, do not exceed 5% sugar of the total daily energy intake.

Tips for maintaining good oral hygiene

Fruits, vegetables, meat and fish cooked in a healthy way, milk and its derivatives are beneficial for the organism and oral health. On the other hand, it is necessary to dispense with industrial food and do not sweeten foods, eat them natural. And of course, always maintain proper dental hygiene, using both toothbrushes and dental floss. It is also important not to forget to visit the dentist for regular check-ups and to keep track of our mouth to treat problems in time, should any appear.