Sugar intake and dental decay

Lindsey F. Masson, Alison Blackburn, Christine Sheehy, Leone C. A. Craig, Jennifer Isabel Macdiarmid, Bridget A. Holmes, Geraldine McNeill

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Abstract / Description of output

The aim of this analysis was to investigate the strength of the association between sugar intake and treatment for dental decay in children in Scotland, and the impact of tooth brushing frequency on this association. The Survey of Sugar Intake among Children in Scotland was carried out in 2006 in those aged 3-17 years. Diet was assessed using the Scottish Collaborative Group FFQ, and interviews were carried out by trained fieldworkers who asked about dental health. A total of 1700 interviews were carried out, and 1512 FFQ were returned. Of the children, 56% had received treatment for decay (fillings or teeth removed due to decay). Intake of non-milk extrinsic sugars (NMES), but not total sugar, increased the risk of having had treatment for decay: adjusted OR 1.84 (95% CI 1.28, 2.64) for the highest (>= 20.0% food energy) v. lowest (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1555-1564
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2010

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Sugar
  • Dental decay
  • Children
  • Scotland
  • Of-community-dentistry
  • Caries experience
  • Nutrition survey
  • Great-Britain
  • Schoolchildren
  • Associations
  • Patterns
  • Habits
  • Foods
  • Diets


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