Food in the pandemic- how this issue affected children's oral health - a narrative review of the literature




COVID-19; Feeding Behavior; Child.


Since March 2020, the new coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on social, psychological, and emotional life. Quarantine, characterized by social isolation, aroused anxiety, panic, and loneliness in many people. The sudden change in daily habits such as physical activities, work, and study triggered negative feelings and changes in the routine of the population in general. Regarding the children's eating habits, these have also undergone changes, since food is available at home at all times, without regular hours and often being the ultra-processed type that presents exaggerated acceptance and consumption, in addition to low masticatory demand and practical and seductive packaging, favoring consumption at any time and place. Thus, the aim of this study was to carry out a narrative review to verify whether, in these 18 months of the pandemic, there were studies that could associate dietary changes in children during the pandemic and its relationship with oral health. With a time frame, an electronic search was performed in the PubMed/MedLine databases, from January 1, 2020, to August 31, 2021. Twenty-three articles were found, of which only 5 were included in the criteria recommended by the authors. It was concluded that, although this review did not find an association between the prevalence of caries lesions or other oral diseases, food intake and oral hygiene were altered. Thus, the effects of eating habits and reduced care with oral hygiene may become more evident in the coming months.


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How to Cite

SANTOS, A. C. da S. .; SANTOS, E. M. .; BUSSADORI, S. K. .; IMPARATO, J. C. P. .; REZENDE, K. M. Food in the pandemic- how this issue affected children’s oral health - a narrative review of the literature. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 10, n. 12, p. e461101220679, 2021. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v10i12.20679. Disponível em: Acesso em: 23 feb. 2024.



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