Oral diseases include a range of conditions such as dental caries, periodontal disease, edentulism, oral cancer, trauma, noma and congenital differences including cleft lip and/or palate. Among the major oral diseases, untreated caries is the most prevalent with 2 billion cases affecting permanent teeth and 510 million cases affecting deciduous teeth.

Excessive consumption of sugars from snacks, processed foods, and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) is one of the major factors causing worldwide increases in oral disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.

Position on Free Sugars

The FDI Position on Free Sugars was adopted by the FDI General Assembly during the World Dental Congress which took place in Sydney, Australia in September 2023.


Position statement on free sugars - EN

Position statement on free sugars - ES

Position statement on free sugars - DE

Position statement on free sugars - FR