GID | “Pure, White and Deadly.” | Tim Ives | Friday 11 October 2024

“Pure, White and Deadly.” | Tim Ives | Friday 11 October 2024


For: Hygienists,

“Pure, White and Deadly.”


The power of the sugar industry is not to be taken lightly. Every year global sugar consumption increases more than the population and every year more and more people become unhealthier and many die as a result. Approximately 87% of the products sold in a supermarket contain sugar and the majority of people in the Western World are now addicted to this white powder. This will be an interactive session where we will discuss behaviour change and addiction relating to ourselves and our patients. Tim will tell the story of how this all started and how we got to this point in time. He will explain how the various sugar substitutes differ chemically and their effects on our health and how some sweeteners can be used to make us healthier. Finally, Tim will discuss the outcomes of his two published research projects and how this information can be used to positively help change the behaviour of our friends, families and patients.

  • To gain a greater understanding of the history and politics of sugar.
  • To gain a greater understanding of the science of the molecule and alternatives
  • To understand the inflammatory process, associated diseases, addiction, and the hurdles to quitting
  • Discuss the relationship between sugar and politics.
  • Identify the microbiological effects of sugar and the inflammatory process.
  • Discuss the oral and systemic effects of sugar.
  • Identify and explain the various sugar substitutes and their effects on health.
  • Explain how some sugar polyols can be used to prevent disease.
  • Discuss the various considerations to consider when advising a patient to reduce sugar consumption or quit sugar entirely.

Tim Ives

Tim served in the Royal Air Force, beginning his career as a dental assistant and retiring from the military 22 years later as a dental hygienist, working alongside the Clinical Advisor in Periodontology and mentoring military Dental Hygienists. Whilst in the military, he gained invaluable experience, living and practicing in the UK, Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Cyprus, New Zealand, Germany and Holland. This was followed by three years at a UK Specialist Periodontal Practice working alongside top European Periodontists Dr Jose Zurdo and Dr Cristina Romao.

His time now is split between research, speaking, writing, teaching and consulting. In 2011 he completed a post-graduate mentoring qualification and with Philips helped set up the first privately funded UK Mentoring Program for newly graduated dental hygienists and therapists.

In 2012 Tim graduated as a Teacher from the University of Bedfordshire. In 2015 he graduated with a Master of Arts in Medical Education receiving a Commendation from the University of Bedfordshire.

Tim is an active member of the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy where he sits on the Education Committee and recently became the first non-US based Dental Hygienist to be invited to the American Academy of Dental Hygiene.

Tim developed an interest in sugar and sugar polyols through his own personal experience, his work at O’Hehir (pronounced O’Hare) University and his friends in the US at Xlear (pronounced Clear). His research on sugar was published in the Annual Clinical Journal of Dental Health in 2021 and 2022.


09:30 - 11:00, session 1

11:30 - 13:00, session 2

14:00 - 15:15, session 3

15:45 - 17:00, session 4

GDC outcomes

A, C,