Over 60% of Europeans admit to consuming more sugar than recommended, and need more help to understand the impact this is having on their oral health. These are some of the new findings released today by the Pan-European Chapter of the global charity, the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF), along with advice on how to cut down daily sugar consumption.
Current guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend that adults and children should reduce their daily sugar intake to less than 10% of their overall daily calorie consumption, which is equal to 50 grams of sugar per day, or 4 tablespoons. The WHO guidelines further recommend that an ideal sugar intake should be less than 5% of the overall daily calorie consumption. The health benefits from following these guidelines include reducing the risk of tooth decay, which affects nearly 100% of people.
The survey findings also demonstrated that 60% of Europeans would like to work with their dental team to improve their personal oral care and would appreciate the use of a traffic light system to help them better understand and lower their personal risk of tooth decay.
“The good news is that people want to better understand their risk of tooth decay. It’s really important that we address the educational issues and try to help support individuals in a productive way”, said Svante Twetman, co-chair of the ACFF Pan-European Chapter and Professor of Cariology at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.