New research examining scientific evidence over the past 150 years found the effects of a good dental health lifestyle may be more important than watching what one eats to prevent tooth decay.
Professor Monty Duggal, the author of the study which appeared in the journal Obesity Review, said other factors such as using fluoride toothpaste and possessing a clear knowledge of dental health can be equally important as avoiding sugary food.
Duggal, along with a research team, reviewed 31 studies to evaluate the claim that sugar was the main cause of tooth decay. At the conclusion of the study, the team did not find a strong relationship between the amount of sugar consumed and dental caries. However, it appeared frequency of consumption may be a factor.
"Future research should investigate a number of lifestyle factors together with different foods that might affect tooth decay," Duggal said. "Times have changed and with that, the foods we eat and how we care for our teeth."
Dental health education has helped decrease the rates of tooth decay with more people administering dental care and getting regular a dental checkup when needed.
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