Article: Volume 46 Number 11 Page 1044 - December 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 1044-1049

Cariology:  Should Dentists be more Aware of the Role of Dietary Supplements when Assessing Dental Caries Risk?

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Abstract: Taking sports supplements is an increasing trend within the population and regular consumption of these supplements may increase the risk of developing caries. This paper focuses on identifying current evidence relating to caries risk and sports supplements, and also aims to investigate the sugar content of current sports supplements available in the UK.

Clinical relevance: Frequent sugar attacks causes caries. Dentists need to be aware that ingestion of sports supplements, eg protein bars/powders for some patients may contribute to the development of caries and this should form part of their caries risk assessment.

Author notes: Imran Thalukder, BSc(Hons), BDS, MFDS(RCS Ed), Dental Core Trainee, University Dental Hospital, Cardiff (email:, Ajay Dhunna, BDS, Dental Foundation Dentist, Smileworks Carlton Chambers, Telford and Mechelle Collard, BDS, MPhil, FDS, FDS(Paed Dent) RCS, Consultant/Honorary Senior Lecturer, University Dental Hospital, Cardiff CF14 4XY, UK.

Objective: To highlight the possible contribution of ingested sports supplements to the development of caries and therefore its consideration in caries risk assessment.

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