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Infographic. Nutrition and oral health in sport: time for action
  1. Ian Needleman1,2,
  2. Alan Rankin3,
  3. Paul Ashley1,2,
  4. Tom Fairbrother4,
  5. Peter Fine5,
  6. Julie Gallagher1,2,
  7. Dan Kings6,
  8. Ronald John Maughan7,
  9. Anna Katarina Melin8,
  10. Michael Naylor9
  1. 1 Centre for Oral Health and Performance, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London, UK
  2. 2 UK IOC Research Centre for Prevention of illness and Protection of Athlete Health
  3. 3 Sport NI Sports Institute, Jordanstown, UK
  4. 4 Communication Executive, Parkrun, UK
  5. 5 Continuing Professional Development, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London, UK
  6. 6 Aspetar, Doha, Qatar
  7. 7 Emeritus Professor of Sport Science Nutrition, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  8. 8 Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Institute of Preventive and Clinical Nutrition, University of Copenhagen Denmark, Kobenhavn, Denmark
  9. 9 Performance Nutrition, English Institute of Sport, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Ian Needleman, Centre for Oral Health & Performance, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London WC1X 8LD, UK; i.needleman{at}

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Our recent BJSM editorial stressed that it is ‘time for action’ regarding sports nutrition oral health.1 Oral health is poor in elite athletes and is consistently associated with performance impacts as we have shown across studies involving more than 800 athletes.2–4 This situation exists despite poor oral health being preventable with well-evidenced effective, low-cost strategies.5 Since solutions are readily available why does this situation persist …

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