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Br Dent J. 2015 Jul 10;219(1):35-9. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2015.521.

Bodybuilding supplementation and tooth decay.

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Bradford District Care Trust, Kensington St. Health Centre, Whitefield Place, Bradford, BD8 9LB.
StR in Orthodontics, Glasgow Dental Hospital.
StR in Orthodontics, University of Manchester Dental Hospital.


Supplementation is a key component in bodybuilding and is increasingly being used by amateur weight lifters and enthusiasts to build their ideal bodies. Bodybuilding supplements are advertised to provide nutrients needed to help optimise muscle building but they can contain high amounts of sugar. Supplement users are consuming these products, while not being aware of their high sugar content, putting them at a higher risk of developing dental caries. It is important for dental professionals to recognise the increased risk for supplement users and to raise awareness, provide appropriate preventative advice and be knowledgeable of alternative products to help bodybuilders reach their goals, without increasing the risk of dental caries.

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