Current Oral Health Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 176–183 | Cite as

Association between Sugar Intake, Oral Health, and the Impact on Overall Health: Raising Public Awareness

  • David P. CappelliEmail author
  • Connie C. Mobley
Dental Public Health (R Collins, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Dental Public Health


Purpose of Review

The role of sugar consumption and oral health refocused largely due to associations between systemic diseases and conditions (type 2 diabetes, obesity) and oral health. This review examines the evidence supporting the impact of sugars on oral diseases and the role of sugars in oral-systemic complications.

Recent Findings

The increased consumption of dietary sugars, including sugar-sweetened beverages, and the increasing percentage of sugars as a component of the US diet affect oral health in the population. It is important for dental professionals to know public health implications and strategies to effectively communicate this risk to patients’ oral health.


Local and state governments experienced success with the regulation of sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages and studies demonstrated that these regulations are largely successful in decreasing consumption among adolescents. It is the role of the dental professional to support these activities to promote healthy dietary choices for patients.


Sugar Diet Dental caries Oral health Oral-systemic Diet-related diseases 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Elsevier/Mosby. Book Royalties. “Prevention in Clinical Oral Health Care.” 2008–present. Approximately $3000/year.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, School of DentistryUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical Science, School of Dental MedicineUniversity of Nevada at Las VegasLas VegasUSA

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