Article: Volume 48 Number 1 Page 8 - January 2021

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  Dent Update 2021; 48: 8-11

Guest Editorial:  Cariology: Why is the 2018 Soft Drinks Levy Important to Dentistry?

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Abstract: The link between sugar and caries is a well-established relationship and the efforts to reduce patient sugar intake is part of daily practice for a holistic clinician. Sugar taxation has been employed by many countries in an attempt to deal with the worldwide concern of non-communicable diseases. Taxation of sugar in the UK could increase its revenue, reduce sugar intake and affect caries incidence; considering how the sugar levy could shape the way caries is managed important.

Clinical relevance: Review of modelling studies and actual change experienced in countries where tax has been implemented highlight what could happen in the UK and the impact this could have on dentistry and why this is important in daily practice.

Author notes: Alice MG Parr, BDS (Hons), MSc (Dist), MFDS RCS (Ed), Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry (Fixed & Removable Prosthodontics), University of Birmingham. email: