Childhood Obesity and Oral Health: Is there a connection?

According to a new study, overweight children ARE NOT at a higher risk of dental problems than children who maintain a healthy weight. According to researchers, a number of other factors, not weight, contribute to oral health problems.

These researchers studied 28 0children between the ages of 7 and 12, 38% of whom were overweight. Of these children, 84% had at least one dental problem in their lifetime, with an average of three fillings, decayed teeth or missing teeth per child.

The study concluded that there was no correlation between weight and oral health. Other findings include:

  1. Children who consumed yogurt three or four times a week were less likely to suffer tooth decay.
  2. Children who chewed gum saw fewer instances of cavities.
  3. Researchers saw a genetic connection with children whose parents had tooth decay. Those children were more likely to also have problems with tooth decay.
  4. The best defense against tooth decay continues to be good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.

Regular Visits to the Dentist: The Best Way to prevent Dental Problems

The best ways to prevent tooth decay in children is to take your child to see the dentist at least twice a year (every six months). During these visits, your dentist or dental hygienist will clean and polish your teeth as well as remove plaque and tartar from your gums. They will also check your teeth and gums for any signs of more serious problems.

If you have any questions about Obesity and Oral Health, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Annapolis Dental Care by calling (410) 267-0766 or visit today!

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Source: Overweight children aren’t at a higher risk for developing dental problems, according to a new study. Dentistry Today

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