Greensboro area Dentist describes ways of preventing childhood obesity
Many parents are well aware of the increasing
concerns of the obesity epidemic. Therefore,
Dr. Sona J. Isharani, board certified Pediatric Dentist
in the Greensboro area, has become a continued advocate for fighting childhood obesity. Pediatric dental clinics serve as an important source of disease prevention, health promotion, and screening for many medical issues linked to the health of the smile. During a child’s visit to our practice, parents may be educated on ways of preventing childhood obesity.
Pediatric dentists help heighten awareness of many issues regarding one’s diet and the link to dental problems and obesity. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, also referred to as the AAPD, has developed a policy on Dietary Recommendations for Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Using a nutritional platform, this policy offers many tips and techniques to reducing one’s risk for oral health care issues as well as increased chances for becoming obese. Some of the tips suggested include:
- Avoid early childhood caries in infants by avoiding placing them down for a nap or bedtime with milk or juice.
- Maintain regular mealtimes with healthy options and limit snacking.
- Reduce or avoid the consumption of soft drinks or highly acidic, sugar-filled fruit juices, and sports drinks.
- Avoid candies and sugary foods and drinks, which are not only bad for the teeth, but can contribute to unwanted weight gain.
Preventing childhood obesity can start with the knowledge and education necessary to encourage children to lead a healthier lifestyle. In addition to regular dental visits, children should see their pediatrician regularly for check-ups and have nutritional counseling if at a high risk for becoming obese; as this can be the stepping stone for many other concerns such as diabetes. Promotion of healthy activities can lead to a more active, healthy lifestyle over many years and can even carry through into adulthood.
If you want to learn more about preventing childhood obesity and other concerns such as dental caries and periodontal disease, visiting with a pediatric dentist is the first step to take charge of your child’s health and wellness. Contact Dr. Sona J. Isharani today to schedule an appointment.
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