Sugar and tooth health

Sugar and tooth decay

How sugar influence tooth decay

Those bacteria sitting in our mouth like carbohydrates from the food that causes plaque and decay or tooth caries. When we cut back on sugar that are generally easily fermentable by bacteria, risk of developing cavity is low.

According to FDA’s recommendations, people over the age of three must not eat no more than 12.5 teaspoon (about 50 grams) of added sugar a day. It is the same amount that is present in popularly sweetened carbonated coke drinks. Sugar should not make up more than 10 per cent of your daily calories.

To understand how much your sugar intake or to determine how much sugar you had, start reading food labels. If you are preparing your own food, you have control on how much sugar you can put in. If you are buying readymade food then read label to see the amount of added sugar in food. In all food labels ingredients are listed in order of weight – highest to least. If you see ingredient name that ends in -ose, it refers to sugar.


Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: November 13, 2019

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