How Much Sugar Should I Be Having Everyday?

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Public health England recommend we should get 5% of our daily calories from sugar – the equivalent of roughly six teaspoons.

However, a recent report shows that the average person gets 12-15% of their daily calorie intake from sugar – triple the guideline amount. The over-consumption of sugar puts our health at risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and tooth decay.

In the UK today one in three children has tooth decay compared to one in 10 in 1973 – tooth extractions are also the main reason children are admitted into hospital. Therefore, links between tooth decay and increased sugar consumption cannot be denied.

Many foods contain added sugar that we’re not aware of. There are hidden sugars in cereals that are often advertised as ‘healthy’ . Other foods that may not be as healthy as advertised include cereal bars, flavoured yoghurts, fruit juices, cordials and dried fruits. In actual fact they may contain high levels of sugar and cause tooth decay.

Some patients seem surprised when they continue to have problems with tooth decay. Even though they seem to follow the advice given by their dentists – of brushing twice a day using fluoride toothpastes. There’s a high chance this is because of hidden sugars within their diets, especially in these ‘healthy’ drinks and snacks.

Sugar causes your teeth to decay because it reacts with bacteria that is present on them, creating acid which attached to the tooth surface. When your teeth start to decay, it’s important to visit the dentist for an assessment. Your dentist may apply a filling to the decaying teeth, or take them out altogether.


Unsure about your dental health? Find your nearest Synergy Dental Clinic to book an appointment.

A version of this blog post first appeared in the Bolton News in March 2017

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