A Sheffield dentist is backing calls for action to cut sugar consumption levels to reduce tooth decay and rising obesity.
Dr Nigel Rosenbaum, principal at One80dental in Totley, is supporting new draft guidance from the World Health Organisation to halve the recommended daily sugar in people’s diets from 10 per cent to 5 per cent of total energy intake – equivalent to six teaspoons.
Dr Rosenbaum, who is also a clinical teacher in implant dentistry at Sheffield University, said: “What is tragic is tooth decay – which causes so much pain and misery – is largely preventable.
“A concerted campaign to educate children and parents and initiatives such as better food labelling would be welcome. However, it’s not just the amount of sugary drinks and confectionery children eat that is so harmful to teeth, it’s continuous consumption during the day.”