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Dental Practice Education Research Unit
Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health
Adelaide Dental School

The University of Adelaide

Tel:  +61 8 8313 3291


Sugars-rich Diets and Oral Health                                    

On average, Australians and New Zealanders consume 14 teaspoons of sugars (60 grams) per day. High consumption of sugars is the primary cause of dental decay and other health problems including overweight or obesity, diabetes, heart diseases and even some cancers. Dental decay can largely be prevented by reducing sugars intake. This special topic describes the classification of sugars, the most common sources of sugars and the link between sugars consumption and oral as well as general health. Updated WHO recommendations for sugars intake and the role of dental practitioners on this topic are also highlighted.

Multiple copies of Patient Pamphlets are available for ordering.

View documents by clicking the below links.


Information for Dental Practitioners*

*Erratum: Figure 1 of the information sheet for dental practitioners indicates that in intrinsic sugars (or natural sugars) "Sugar molecules are present inside of the cell structure of the food". This has been corrected as "Sugar molecules are present within the cell structure of the food" in the online version of the information sheet for dental practitioners. We do apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Information for Patients