The Relationship between Dental Caries with Dietary Habits and Body Mass Index in 4-6 Years old Kindergartens in Ahvaz

Document Type : Original Article


1 Student in nutrition science, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Arvand Branch, Ahvaz, Iran

2 Department of Nutrition School of Paramedicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

3 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Arvand Branch, Ahvaz, Iran

4 Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran

5 Department of Biostatistics, School of Health, Ahvaz JundiShapur Universitry of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran


Background and Objective: According to the importance of eating habits and the risk of obesity in dental caries, this study aimed to assess the relationship between dental caries with unhealthy eating habits and Body Mass Index (BMI) in kindergarteners aged4-6 years old in Ahvaz.
Subjects and Methods: In this cross-sectional descriptive study, 359 samples of male and female4-6 year-old kindergarteners were randomly collected. The questionnaires included general information and 59-itemed food frequency questionnaire was used to determine dietary habits. BMI Index and decayed, missing, filled, total (dmft) were measured. Data were analyzed using SPSS software.
Results: A significant positive correlation between DMFT and BMI(r=0.512, p<0.001) was observed. A significant positive correlation between dental caries and chocolate milk and flavored milk consumed (r =0.13, p =0.016) fat (r =0.12, p =0.027) was observed.
Conclusion: The findings of the study showed that increasing in the BMI range would increase the risk of dmft. Chocolate milk, flavored milk and fat consumption showed a correlation with increasing the risk of dmft.
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Amiri S, Veissi M, Saleki M, rahmani M, HaghighizadehMH. The Relationship between Dental Caries with Dietary Habits and Body Mass Index in 4-6 Years old Kindergartens in Ahvaz.Jundishapur Sci Med J 2017;16(1):91-102.


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