Journal article

Obesity, dietary sugar and dental caries in Australian adults

Giles Barrington, Shahrukh Khan, Katherine Kent, David S Brennan, Leonard A Crocombe, Silvana Bettiol

International Dental Journal | WILEY | Published : 2019


OBJECTIVES: To determine the association of overweight/obesity, dental caries and dietary sugars in Australian adults. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The National Survey of Adult Oral Health (NSAOH) 2004-2006 provided data for analysis of dental caries experience. Self-reported body weight and height were used to calculate body mass index (BMI) for a subsample (n = 3,745, 89.8%) of the NSAOH data. A self-report questionnaire of 13 food items estimated the daily intake of added sugar, total sugars and total carbohydrate, using food composition estimates from the AUSNUT2011-2013. Bivariate analyses (Pearson's Chi-square with Rao-Scott adjustment and Student's t-tests) were used to determine the associ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship Department of Education and Training, School of Medicine and Centre of Rural Health, College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania, Translating Research into Practice Fellowship. Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia for use of the National Survey of Adult Oral Health (NSAOH) 2004-2006 data. NSAOH 2004-2006 supported by National Health and Medical Research Council (Nos. 299060, 349514, 349537), the Australian Government Department of Health and Aging, Population Health Division, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Colgate Oral Care, the Australian Dental Association, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors are grateful to Professor Marco Peres from the University of Adelaide, Director of ARCPOH for his support and constructive comments.