Research has linked childhood obesity to eating
unhealthy foods that contain high amounts of
saturated fats and sugars. Eating foods like
these all day long not only can lead to a child
becoming obese; it can also contribute to childhood dental caries. I believe this is an area that
has not been researched enough. Most research
I found on the topic was outdated or from
countries other than the United States.
Families living below poverty level in areas
with a low socioeconomic status often cannot
afford healthy foods. Others don’t know how
to effectively shop for healthy foods in an affordable way. To add to this, their children’s
oral hygiene efforts are often minimal because
they don’t have the proper tools and education
to realize how important it is to take care of
their teeth. There are multiple factors that
contribute to these issues, including immigration, language barriers, financial burdens, and
lack of education.
The issues surrounding the well-being of
children need to be addressed because children
are the future of our world. Without proper
education and awareness among parents and
dental professionals, obesity and dental caries
among children will become progressively
worse and increasingly difficult to interrupt.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
An overworked human body that carries too
much extra weight causes stress on the heart.
What the data about childhood obesity
and childhood dental caries tell us
BY KATIE MELKO, RDH, MSDH