CE Hours: 1.5

Seq# 42 - Role of Dental Professionals in Reducing Sugar Intake

This session will be recorded and available through IADR CE On Demand after the meeting for Continuing Education Credit.  

High dietary free sugar intake is a big global problem. It is an immense contributor to the global burden of disease, its direct costs to health-care system from the resulting obesity and dental caries. A recent systematic review (30 trials, 38 cohort studies) affirms the association with excess body weight. Another systematic review (55 studies) demonstrates the connection with caries. The World Health Organization recommend that sugar intake should be High sugar intake is a complex problem, influenced by both personal behaviour and societal factors, it calls for complex multilevel inter ­ventions: whole-population approaches (like a sugar tax), but also more targeted approaches that engage health-care professionals. According to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), UK, direct targeting of those with high sugar intake, obesity, and caries will be indispensable.
In dental care settings, oral health practitioners have been effective in behavioural interventions such as smoking cessation and reducing alcohol intake. These practitioners are ideally positioned for a role in reducing sugar intake. More than any other service providers, they can be expected to interact with clients regularly throughout the life cycle. The aim of this symposium is to provide information on Individual level sugar intake reduction.

Learning Objectives:

  • To discuss the evidence available on evidence of sugar intake and oral health.
  • To identify the pattern of free sugar intake in different population.
  • To appreciate the role of dental team in advocating reduction of sugar intake. and to understand the behavioural approaches to reduce sugar intake in clinical setting.