GIVE CHILDHOOD OBESITY AND TOOTH DECAY A ONE-TWO PUNCH: Healthy nutrition is the key.
Obesity and tooth decay are of equal concern for children today. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. In fact, the percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, about one in five children ages 6 to 19 has obesity. And about one in five children ages 5 to 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth—making it one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. While childhood obesity and oral health may not be directly connected, they are both preventable and they also share a common contributing factor: nutrition. [ Read More » ]