Dental Caries

Sugars play an important role in dental caries development (Walker and Cleaton-Jones, 1992). Sugars provide a favorable environment for bac-

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teria in the mouth, and the presence of these sugars increases the rate and volume of plaque formation (Depaola et al., 1999). However, because development of caries involves other factors such as fluoride intake, oral hygiene, food composition, and frequency of meals and snacks, sugar intake alone is not the only cause of caries.

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