“The Impact of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Citric Acid Drinks on the Oral Health of Residents in Central Appalachia and the Legal Interventions that Would Impact Purchasing”

Oral health is crucial to the overall health of Americans. In the U.S., disparities exist concerning oral health with low-income populations suffering a disproportionate share of dental disease and having less access to dental care. This is especially true in Appalachia. In addition, the amount of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) and Citric Acid Drinks (CADs) consumed has exploded in the last several decades. Research has shown that SSBs and CADs negatively affect oral health. Concerning SSBs and CADs, much of the attention has been on obesity. The potential impact on oral health has been largely ignored.

This presentation will discuss results from field-based research conducted in Central Appalachia in 2011 and 2012. In addition, it will provide updates as to SSB and CAD consumption and oral health issues. It will also discuss legal interventions being proposed throughout the U.S. that would affect the purchasing of SSBs and CADs along with their possible acceptance by residents of Central Appalachia.