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Dental disease is a growing problem in global health. Dental disease is a growing problem in global health. Brain Kelley/Flickr

The bitter truth about what sugar is doing to your teeth

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been consulting on draft sugar intake guidelines that propose revising the recommended daily intake downwards to address obesity and dental disease. The body says…
One mouthful and you’re closer to exceeding your daily sugar allowance. One mouthful and you’re closer to exceeding your daily sugar allowance. jenny downing/Flickr

How ‘hidden’ sugars are pushing up your daily dose

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released draft revised guidelines on daily sugar intake for adults and children. But if people are to follow the WHO’s advice, they need to start thinking about…
The burden of pain and discomfort, disfigurement and disability from dental decay is very large in Australia. The burden of pain and discomfort, disfigurement and disability from dental decay is very large in Australia. Pete Simon

Stopping fluoridation imperils Queenslanders' dental health

Mandatory water fluoridation introduced by the former Queensland government is being rolled back by some local councils, which have been given the power to decide whether to continue with the public health…
Fluoridated water protects against the tooth decay from acid produced by bacteria in the mouth. Fluoridated water protects against the tooth decay from acid produced by bacteria in the mouth. T. Faltings

How fluoride in water helps prevent tooth decay

The most effective way to prevent tooth decay is delivered to most Australian homes every day through their water pipes. It is, of course, fluoride distributed via the water supply. Dental decay occurs…
We need a whole-of-health approach to change the negative trends in child dental health. We need a whole-of-health approach to change the negative trends in child dental health. Ernst Vikne/Flickr

Don’t just grin and bear it: act now to improve children’s dental health

The two reports on child dental health and toothbrushing behaviour, released yesterday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, raise concerns for both the community and the dental profession…

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Calcium can counteract fluoride damage

A study has found that an increase in calcium in diet can help widespread dental health problems caused by excessive fluoride…