Dietary habits and dental caries in a population of Spanish schoolchildren with low levels of caries experience

Caries Res. 1993;27(6):488-94. doi: 10.1159/000261586.


The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship between current dietary habits and dental caries in schoolchildren from an area of Spain on which the prevalence of caries was low. The results of an epidemiological study conducted on a random sample of 893 children from the cities of Girona and Figueres are presented. The method of dietary interview consisted of a food-frequency questionnaire. This showed a positive relationship between dental caries and consumption of ice cream, pastries, cakes, sliced bread, on the one hand, and sugar-free chewing gum and sugar-free candies, on the other. A protective effect of skimmed milk and artificial sweeteners was also observed. Results reflect the role of certain foods in caries development, but also the outcome of selective dietary counseling to high-risk children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dental Caries / epidemiology*
  • Dental Caries / etiology
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Fluorides / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Observer Variation
  • Odds Ratio
  • Prevalence
  • Regression Analysis
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Spain / epidemiology


  • Fluorides