Increase in sugar consumption - the cost of dental treatment worldwide has exceeded 12.8 billion euros
According to a study conducted by scientists at the Martin Luther University (Germany) in collaboration with the Biotechnology Research and Information Network, people's consumption of sugar around the world exceeded the scale of the reasonable. The study, covering 168 countries, compared data on the prevalence of dental diseases: caries, periodontitis, adentia and the cost of their treatment with sugar consumption. At the same time, both free sugar and hidden products contained in products were taken into account.
The results of the study showed an obvious correlation between the increase in sugar consumption, the spread of dental and gum disease and the increase in the costs of their treatment.
"In high-income countries, every additional 25 grams of sugar per day per person-that's about eight slices of a refined sugar or one glass of sweet lemonade-increases your average annual dental expenses by an average of $ 100 (€ 75)," said Dr. Tony Meyer from the University of Martin Luther.
It is estimated that in 2010, which was taken for research, people around the world spent almost 13 billion dollars on the treatment of dental diseases. Obviously, sugar producers are in collusion with dentists. Treatment is especially costly in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and the US, where the treatment per patient costs an average of $ 281, $ 402, $ 238 and $ 185, respectively. But a particularly high level of dental and gum disease, associated with the abuse of sugar, is observed in Guatemala, Mexico and Mauritania.
Also, researchers note that countries such as India, Brazil, Pakistan, Mexico and Egypt could avoid increasing the cost of dental treatment by conducting public education and changes in public food policies.
The study was partially funded by the German government, and its results will be taken into account when developing new technologies for the production of biologically active substances for the food and cosmetic industries.