Which families are at risk of tooth decay?
It has been suggested that a diet high in saturated fat could lead to the decay of teeth, but a new study has found no evidence of this link.
Researchers from the University of New South Wales, who examined dental data from more than 11,000 children in the Greater Sydney region, found no link between eating high in fat and tooth decay.
However, the study did find a significant association between having a high-fat diet and having lower rates of tooth loss.
It said: “It is not clear that this is caused by a diet that is high in carbohydrates and saturated fat but rather by a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids.”
In fact, the researchers said there was no association between a high dietary intake of saturated fat and the risk of developing cavities.
Professor John Huggins, of the University’s School of Dentistry, said the research was significant because it showed there was not a link between high- and low-fat diets and cavities in children.
“What is important to point out is that the association between saturated fat intake and cavity is not caused by the consumption of high-carbohydrate diets and is not associated with a high consumption of omega 3 fats,” he said.
The study found that children in families with a higher intake of refined carbohydrates and refined fat had a lower rate of tooth erosion.
But Professor Huggens said it was important to remember that children do not eat these foods all day and they do not have a tendency to overeat.
“They eat less than what is required for optimum health.”
So this is really a consequence of a lot of other things, such as their nutritional status.
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