ecent medical studies have been conducted which have begun to show a link between oral health and childhood obesity. Dr. Sona Isharani, a board-certified pediatric dentist in the Greensboro community, continuously educates herself on the oral-systemic connection in both adults and children, focusing on how it can affect one’s health and wellness. Because, while the two may not seem connected, you may be surprised to learn they are.
It has been found that children who are obese are more likely to be suffering from several dental health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and missing teeth. Children who are obese may even be less likely to visit the dentist than those who are at a healthy weight. Because of these infrequent visits, potential dental health issues are not identified in their early stages so that proper, effective treatment can be put into place.
Links have been found that show that those who are mindful of their health, wellness, and weight are more likely to be proactive regarding their dental health. Because of this, they can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile. Cavities and tooth decay are more prominent among overweight or obese children because they are more likely to be eating and drinking food that is higher in sugar content. It is recommended that a change in diet occur to not only benefit the child’s weight, but because of the positive effect it can have on their teeth. Reducing the consumption of acidic foods such as soda, chocolates, and refined cereals will also positively affect a child’s teeth because they are higher in calories and promote a healthier lifestyle.
Even at a young age, obesity can have a wide-reaching negative effect on a child’s health. Long-term obesity is associated with many chronic diseases, including heart disease, early mortality, and a higher risk of stroke. Childhood obesity and dental health have become significant problems around the globe but can be addressed with the assistance of a nutritionist and pediatric dentist.
Dr. Sona Isharani welcomes your family to Triad Dentistry for quality pediatric dental care for children in the Greensboro area. If you are ready to take control of your family’s oral health and wellness, our team is prepared to work with your family members of all ages. We not only will provide effective treatment, but we also want to educate our patients on the benefits of proper dental health and how it can positively affect their lives