Results. Children who brushed their teeth less often and were older, male, of low SES, from rural or remote areas consumed significantly more SSBs. Caries was significantly associated with greater SSB [sugar-sweetened beverages] consumption after controlling for potential confounders. Finally, greater exposure to fluoridated water significantly reduced the association between children’s SSB consumption and dental caries.

Conclusions. Consumption of SSBs should be considered a major risk factor for dental caries. However, increased exposure to fluoridated public water helped ameliorate the association between SSB consumption and dental decay. These results reconfirm the benefits of community water fluoridation for oral health.

Water Fluoridation and the Association of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Dental
Caries in Australian Children
Jason M. Armfield, PhD, A. John Spencer, MDSc, PhD, MPH, Kaye F. Roberts-Thomson, BDSc, PhD, MPH, and Katrina Plastow, BAdEd

(Am J Public Health. 2013;103:494–500. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012. 300889

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