Revue Belge de Médecine Dentaire vol:44 issue:1 pages:89-97
The nutritional habits of 157 schoolchildren, aged between 6 and 12 years, were recorded during a period of 7 consecutive days. The nature of food substances, the frequency of snacks between meals, the frequency of sugar intake and toothbrushing habits were evaluated. The overall response was good. Results show that three out of four children take cariogenic food substances for their breakfast. Almost half of the drinks are highly cariogenic, containing large amounts of sugar. The daily frequency of between-meal snacks lies between two and three. About 10% of the forms show a frequency of sugar intake higher than 5 per day and in more than 10% the toothbrushing frequency is zero.