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Global tooth decay

Excessive sugar consumption plays a major role in tooth decay. While the sugar itself doesn’t do any damage, acid is produced when bacteria in your mouth breaks down the sugar – it’s this acid that starts to dissolve the enamel creating holes or cavities in the teeth. This infographic explores food and drink habits around the globe to look for patterns in sugar consumption and tooth decay. Measuring decayed, missing or filled teeth at 12 years of age is one of the most common methods for assessing the prevalence of dental cavities