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Article: Volume 41 Number 10 Page 862 - December 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 862-866

Dental public health:  Fact or Fiction: Does a Relationship Exist between Free Sugars, Dental Caries and Body Weight?

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Abstract: This article is about dental caries and body weight. It will provide the reader with an overview of the complexity in the relationship between these and suggest the implications of taking a public health approach when addressing them within a primary dental care setting.

Clinical relevance: To provide dental care professionals with an update on the available evidence surrounding the relationship between free sugar, dental caries and body weight.

Author notes: Susan Carson, BDS, MPH, MFDS RCPS(Glasg), Clinical Lecturer, Hon StR in Dental Public Health and Ruth Freeman, BDS, PhD, MSc(DPH), MMedSc, DDPH RCS(Eng), FFPH RCP(UK), Professor of Dental Public Health Research, Hon Consultant in Dental Public Health, Dental Health Services Research Unit, Dundee Dental School, University of Dundee, Park Place, Dundee, DD1 4HN, UK.

Objective: To examine the complexity of the relationship between free sugar, dental caries and body weight.