Illustrated Pediatric Dentistry - Part 1

Role of Diet in Dental Caries

Author(s): Satyawan Damle*, Prachi Goyal and Dhanashree Sakhare

Pp: 133-164 (32)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815051483122010012

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The importance of sugars as a cause of dental caries is underemphasized and not prominent in preventive strategies. Quantitative analysis shows a log-linear doseresponse relationship between sucrose or its monosaccharide intakes and the progressive lifelong development of caries. This results in a substantial dental health burden throughout life. Processed starches have cariogenic potential when accompanying sucrose. Dental diseases impair quality of life and hurt self-esteem, eating ability and health, causing pain, anxiety, and impaired social functioning. So, it was also thought that diet could be controlled or modified, to exert an anti-caries effect. Several experiments, studies and research have been carried out to assess the effect of diet on dental caries.

Keywords: Dental Caries, Diet counselling, Sugar studies, Sugar Substitutes.

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