Should You Slash Your Sugar Intake to Cut Cavities?

cutting sugar helps for dental cavities!


Every since you were a kid, you’ve always been told that sugary sweets will rot your teeth. So it doesn’t really come as a surprise that a new study from the U.K. finds that greatly reducing the amount of added sugar you eat can significantly lower your risk of dental decay.


Researchers found that over time, people’s risk of cavities increased incrementally as the consumption of free, or added, sugars grew from about 0 percent to 10 percent of total daily calories. So for healthier teeth, the study authors recommend cutting the amount of added sugars to no more than 5 percent, with a target goal of 3 percent.

That 5 percent figure is one fifth of the daily limit suggested by the Institute of Medicine. And it represents half of what the World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends—though it has recently proposed guidelines that would cut its max to…

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