Sugars and dental caries
Extract : « Free sugars* are the essential dietary factor in the development of dental caries because dental caries does not occur in the absence of dietary sugars. Dental caries develops when bacteria in the mouth metabolize sugars to produce acid that demineralizes the hard tissues of the teeth (enamel and dentine).
« Implementing policy measures to promote the reduction of free sugars intake is an effective way of addressing the burden and impact of dental caries globally. Policy measures include:
- taxation of sugars-sweetened beverages as well as foods with a high free sugars content...