C.D. Wu


This presentation provides an overview of the impact of food components and dietary factors on oral health. The protective properties of various foods, plant extracts and plant-based polyphenolic compounds on dental caries and periodontal disease are discussed. Laboratory, human, and epidemiological studies demonstrating the multiple mechanistic actions in supporting their contribution to oral health and disease prevention are summarized. The need and development of multidisciplinary research approach toward experimental designs and strategies in clinical and epidemiological studies are also emphasized.