More than ever before, parents are now aware of the increasing obesity epidemic among youth. Dr. Sona J. Isharani, a board-certified pediatric dentist, and the team at Triad Dentistry continue to be advocates in the fight against childhood obesity in the Greensboro area. Pediatric dentists serve as a vital source for disease prevention, promotion of good health, and medical screenings for issues linked to a child’s smile. With the links found between childhood obesity and dental health, when you visit our practice, not only will your child’s smile be examined and treated, but we can also pass along education on the prevention of childhood obesity.
A pediatric dentist can help increase the awareness of issues related to a child’s diet and educate on the link between dental health issues and obesity. The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) has developed guidelines on dietary recommendations for infants, children, and adolescents. This policy has been developed using a nutritional platform, which offers techniques and tips for preventing a child’s risk of dental health issues and decreasing their chances of becoming obese. Some tips include
Knowledge and education are invaluable tools in the fight against childhood obesity. Encouraging and guiding children towards healthy dietary habits will go a long way in making sure they live a healthy lifestyle. Alongside regular dental visits, make sure your child sees their pediatrician at regularly scheduled intervals for checkups and nutritional counseling. That will allow your child’s weight to be monitored, as extra weight brought on by poor diet could set them on the path to diabetes. Promoting a more active lifestyle, combined with a healthy diet, is a habit that will carry over into adulthood.
If you would like more info on childhood obesity prevention and other dental health concerns such as gum disease or tooth decay, your first step should be to visit a pediatric dentist. Contact Dr. Sona J. Isharani today to schedule an appointment. You can reach Triad Dentistry at (336) 383-1482.