Various studies have been done that are beginning to link together oral health and childhood obesity. Dr. Sona Isharani is a board certified pediatric dentist in the Greensboro community who constantly educates herself on the oral systemic connection in both children and adults and how it can affect one’s overall health and wellness. While the two may not seem to be correlated, they are.
Children who are affected by obesity are known for having more dental health problems including missing teeth, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and may even visit the dentist on an irregular basis. This can result in further problems as they cannot be diagnosed early and often enough for proper, effective treatment.
Patients who take good care of their health and wellness and avoid unwanted weight gain are often more proactive about their dental health and therefore, enjoy a more beautiful, healthy smile for life. Patients with obesity are known for consuming foods and drinks with higher sugar contents, which can cause cavities. By changing the diet, children who are obese may not only reduce their body weight and become healthier, but they will also notice the positive effect it can have on the teeth. Reducing the consumption of acidic foods including chocolates, refined cereals, breads, and pastas—which are also higher in calories—can improve one’s dental health along with an overall healthier lifestyle.
Obesity has been associated with many different chronic diseases of the body including coronary heart disease, early mortality, and increased risk of strokes. It is important that patients maintain proper body weight not only for their dental health but overall wellness. Childhood obestity is becoming a serious problem and needs to be addressed with a nutritionist and a pediatric dentist.
Dr. Sona Isharani is available at the practice of Dr. Steven Hatcher to provide quality pediatric dental care to children in the Greensboro area who are ready to take control of their oral health and wellness. Our team works with patients of all ages and can help educate patients on the benefits of proper dental health and how it can positively affect their body and lifestyle.